A UN peacekeeper from the UK has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been immediately isolated, UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Spokesperson, Aleem Siddique, has said.
“UNFICYP can confirm that one of our peacekeepers from the UK has tested positive for the coronavirus. The patient was asymptomatic and was isolated immediately after testing positive. The individual is being closely monitored by medical staff and the mission has completed a robust process of contact tracing to prevent further contagion,” Siddique notes in a statement.
He adds that “UNFICYP is continuing to work closely with the authorities to ensure that all relevant protocols to prevent and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. “
Siddique points out that “all new personnel undergo a period of 28 days of quarantine (14 days before departure and a further 14 days immediately upon arrival in Cyprus) prior to the commencement of their duties with the mission.”
“Pre- and post-departure quarantine, availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and an ongoing review of medical capacities and supplies are among the mitigation measures being taken for all incoming peacekeepers,” he adds.
A total of five UNFICYP peacekeepers have tested positive since March 2020, four of whom have fully recovered, according to the Spokesperson.
“Our priority is to ensure the COVID-free status of all uniformed personnel in accordance with the rigorous controls and direction laid down by the Secretary General and the Cypriot authorities,” Siddique concludes.