WHO chief 'saw no need for test' after Covid-19 exposure

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The WHO chief was exposed to coronavirus in early November. Photo: Getty Images.
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World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus marked his return to the Geneva agency from quarantine on Monday after being exposed to coronavirus in early November.

The WHO chief said he did not see the need for a test as he had followed all necessary protocols and quarantine requirements.

"I was ok, no symptoms. It's day 17 now, and I followed the protocols. Because of no symptoms and full follow-up of the protocol, I did not see the need for testing," he told a briefing in Geneva.

The most important thing is following the protocol

"I can assure you that I'm ok and actually very, very busy. The most important thing is following the protocol."

The WHO said on Monday there had been 65 coronavirus infections among its staff worldwide since the start of the pandemic.

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"We have had some cases last week that associated with each other... all are doing well, all have had mild (symptoms) or (are) asymptomatic," Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for Covid-19, told a virtual briefing.

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