UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed free of COVID-19

Portrait of Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed.

UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, has tested negative for COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus some days ago.

UN Spokesperson, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday at UN headquarters in New York.

Mohammed had earlier announced the development on her Twitter handle on Tuesday, saying: “I have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Grateful to be one of the privileged to have been vaccinated as I think of the millions still without protection. Let us continue to push for vaccines leaving no one behind.

“Happy to continue online in isolation, my full commitment to the #TransformingEducation pre-summit.’’

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Mohammed was supposed to attend the summit of the Transforming Education programme organised by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) before she discovered her status in spite of being vaccinated.

Speaking at the conference, Dujarric said “as we told you earlier, the Deputy Secretary-General tested positive for COVID-19.

“In addition to cancelling her in-person activities in Paris, she will no longer travel to Lisbon, for the closing of the Ocean Conference.

“She is, however, expected back in the office on Tuesday, as we understood she has tested negative a short while ago, which is good news,’’ he added.


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