An official from the World Health Organization, the organization that leads the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, said Tuesday that two employees have been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus.
The cases are the first at the Geneva-based organization and follow a confirmed case at the United States Office in Geneva and a case at the World Trade Organization last week.
"The staff left the office and then showed symptoms at home and were tested and confirmed with COVID-19," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told journalists, referring to the official name of the disease caused by the virus. "We therefore have two confirmed cases."
It was not clear whether the infected personnel were working on the coronavirus response.
The WHO headquarters is the workplace for around 2,400 employees and consultants. Most are now working from home to reduce possible transmissions, said Christian Lindmeier.
Switzerland has reported an increase in cases of over 2,200 cases in the past few days and took measures late Monday, including mobilizing 8,000 military personnel to control the outbreak.
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