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WHO Geneva Headquarters Reports 65 Cases among Staff

The World Health Organization reported that 65 of its staffers in Geneva tested positive for COVID-19.

The World Health Organization reported that 65 of its staffers in Geneva tested positive for COVID-19 despite claims that there has been no infection at the Geneva site.

The information was disclosed from an internal email obtained by The Associated Press.

“As per standard protocols, these colleagues are receiving the necessary medical attention and are recovering at home. These last five cases bring the total reported number of affected members of the Geneva-based workforce to 65 since the beginning of the pandemic,” said the email.

According to the email, half of the infections were staff working from home while 32 were from staff assigned at the headquarters.

WHO spokeswoman Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the info but could not verify if the cluster broke out at its offices.

The email also said that a majority of the overall cases had occurred in the last eight weeks, which coincided with the jump in cases in Switzerland.

Currently, there are 629 COVID patients at Geneva’s University Hospitals (HUG) and other Geneva hospitals with 29  in the intensive care unit.

Geneva currently has the most cases in Switzerland, with nearly 6,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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