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Coronavirus: first case among Unficyp personnel

Unficyp soldiers in the buffer zone (CNA)

Unficyp on Friday confirmed the first coronavirus case amongst its peacekeeping personnel.

According to Unficyp, the staff member reported mild symptoms and was isolated immediately after testing positive for Covid-19.

“The individual is now being closely monitored by medical staff and the mission is conducting a robust process of contact tracing to prevent the further spread of the virus,” it said.

Unficyp said it was working closely with the authorities to ensure that all relevant protocols to prevent and mitigate the risk of Covid-19 are strictly adhered to.

It added that in line with the directives of the UN Secretary-General and the measures introduced by the national authorities, all Unficyp civilian staff have been instructed, since mid-March, to telecommute from home.

“From the earliest manifestation of the outbreak in Cyprus, Unficyp put strict measures in place to safeguard personnel and the wider community,” it said, adding that the mission has stepped up these measures to ensure continuity of operations and prevent the spread of the virus.

“Unficyp stands in solidarity with people across the island during these challenging times and will continue its contributions to peace and stability in Cyprus to the utmost of the mission’s capabilities.”

Since April 4, the Secretary-General has suspended the rotation and deployments of all uniformed personnel across all UN peace operations until June 30, it added.

 

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