UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was exposed to the coronavirus on Tuesday by a UN official who already had Covid-19 and will be isolating for the next few days, diplomatic sources said.
Guterres, 72, has canceled his upcoming in-person appointments, sources told AFP.
The UN chief would be the guest of honor of the UN Press Association at the annual gala in Manhattan on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was scheduled to participate in a UN Security Council meeting on the challenges of terrorism and climate change, led by Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum.
Bazoum, whose country currently holds the presidency of the council, arrived in New York on Tuesday and is expected to stay until the end of the week, when he heads to Washington.
Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, immediately declined to comment on Guterres’ condition.
Dujarric admitted a few days ago that Guterres had recently received his third dose of the anti-coronavirus vaccine after long hesitating about the desirability of getting booster shots while millions of people around the world have yet to get their first shot.
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