UNFICYP on Friday confirmed the first coronavirus case amongst its peacekeeping personnel.
In response to UNFICYP, the staff member reported mild symptoms and was isolated instantly after testing positive for COVID-19.
“The person is now being closely monitored by medical staff and the mission is conducting a strong process of contact tracing to stop the additional spread of the virus,” it stated.
Unficyp stated it was working intently with the authorities to make sure that all related protocols to stop and mitigate the chance of Covid-19 are strictly adhered to.
It added that consistent with the directives of the UN Secretary-Basic and the measures introduced by the nationwide 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 broader group,” it stated, including that the mission has stepped up these measures to make sure continuity of operations and stop the unfold of the virus.
“Unficyp stands in solidarity with individuals throughout the island throughout these difficult occasions and can proceed its contributions to peace and stability in Cyprus to the utmost of the mission’s capabilities.”
Since April 4, the Secretary-Basic has suspended the rotation and deployments of all uniformed personnel throughout all UN peace operations till June 30, it added.