Over 200 UN staff members test COVID-19 +ve in Syria: Officials

07 Sept 2020

Over 200 UN staff members test COVID-19 +ve in Syria: Officials

U.N. Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Imran Riza, last Tuesday told U.N. heads of agencies during a letter to distribute to staff that the U.N. was within the final stages of securing a medical facility for treatment of cases.

"More than 2 hundred cases are reported among U.N staff members, a number of whom are hospitalized and three who were medically evacuated," the highest U.N. official in Syria said within the letter, which was leaked to Reuters from an infected local staffer .

Humanitarian workers and medics said the real number of cases is considerably higher, including the many staff employed by NGO partners working for the dozen U.N. agencies that oversee the country's largest humanitarian relief operations.