BREAKING: Head of UN World Food Program David Beasley tests positive for coronavirus

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Chief White House Correspondent for | + posts

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) executive director, a former governor of South Carolina, David Beasley, has tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a statement on Thursday.

“We have already started the process of reaching out to alert each and every one of them so that they are made aware that there is a risk that they too may be infected with the virus,” Beasley said in the statement. 

“I began feeling unwell this past weekend after returning to my home in the United States from an official visit to Canada and I took an early decision to go into self-quarantine, five days ago. So far, my symptoms have been relatively light, and I am in good spirits. I am lucky to be close to my family and I have access to excellent medical support,” he said.

He said contact tracing has begun for anyone he may have been in close contact with during the time he was unaware of the infection. 

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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