The UN undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating in Lisbon, he announced Tuesday after a trip to Sudan and the Central African Republic.
“I wanted to let you know that I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. I’m asymptomatic and isolating in Lisbon, working remotely,” he tweeted.
I wanted to let you know that I’ve tested positive for #COVID19. I'm asymptomatic and isolating in Lisbon, working remotely. Contact tracing was immediately implemented. My thanks to Portuguese Govt for testing & logistical support and to everyone for their messages of support.
— Jean-Pierre Lacroix (@Lacroix_UN) November 10, 2020
Lacroix was in Lisbon for a conference on peace and security. A trip he had planned to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been postponed.
The Frenchman is responsible for roughly 100,000 peacekeepers deployed in some 15 peace operations around the world.
Since spring, several heads of UN agencies have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Lacroix is the first senior official from UN headquarters to report being infected.
In New York, the UN works mainly remotely. Visits abroad by UN officials have recently resumed, with the introduction also of “virtual trips” such as the one recently organized in Colombia by the deputy secretary-general of the UN, Amina Mohammed, currently in West Africa.