WHO chief will be tested for COVID 'if he shows symptoms'

FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is self-isolating at home, will be tested for COVID-19 if he displays symptoms, a senior official said on Monday.

“Our current protocols don’t require that he be tested,” Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news briefing in Geneva. “He is working at home...continuing to do his job in support of the world. His testing will be depending on the arrival of symptoms or otherwise.”

WHO Director-General Tedros said on Sunday that he had been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but added that he was feeling well and did not have any symptoms.

Reporting by Michael Shields and Emma Farge; Editing by Alex Richardson