US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed on Friday that one of its staff, headquartered in Washington, had contracted a disease caused by the new coronavirus. This is stated in a widespread statement by the press service of the fund.
“The IMF confirms that an employee of his headquarters in Washington, DC has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (a disease caused by the new coronavirus – ed.). The employee is self-isolating and receives appropriate medical care. We are working with local health authorities to identify “those with whom he contacted and who could suffer,” the IMF said.
“In the light of the rapidly changing events associated with COVID-19, from now on, all headquarters staff are encouraged to work from home until further notice.”
In addition, it is noted in the document, all trips of fund employees to EU countries are suspended. “After a thorough risk assessment, only the most necessary trips will be allowed,” the IMF said. At the same time, the organization “continues to fully function” and is ready to provide assistance to participating countries.
According to CNN, the number of cases of infection with a new coronavirus in the United States reached 1920, 41 people died.
The authorities of 24 states have introduced an emergency mode on their territory. An outbreak caused by the new coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of December 2019 in Central China. On March 11, the World Health Organization recognized it as a pandemic.
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