UN Chief Isolating After COVID-19 Exposure

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was exposed to the coronavirus on Tuesday by a UN official who already had COVID-19 and is in isolation for the next few days, diplomatic sources said.

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Guterres, 72, has canceled his upcoming personal engagements, sources told AFP.

The UN chief was to be the guest of honor at the UN Correspondent Association’s annual ceremony in New York City on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was to attend a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the challenges of terrorism and climate change, led by Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum.


Bazoum, who presides over the council in the country, arrived in New York on Tuesday and is expected to stay until the end of the week, when he travels to Washington.

Stéphane Dujarric, the secretary general’s spokesman, declined to immediately comment on Guterres’ situation.

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Dujarric indicated a few days ago that Guterres had recently received his third dose of the anti-coronavirus vaccine, after prolonged hesitation about the suitability of getting booster shots, while millions of people around the world are still being treated. Haven’t received my first jab yet.

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