The European Commission has decided to require most of its staff to work from home with effect from March 16th due to the coronavirus.
The President of the EU Executive stated this to employees in a video recording.
The Spokesperson to the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, while briefing UN correspondents in New York, said the Secretary has taken the decision to cancel all UN systems-sponsored side events at the headquarters from March 16 until the end of April.
He also urges all member states to consider cancelling all side events for the meetings that they are sponsoring.
Dujarric said Guterres will be communicating with member states and staff in a short while to update them on the preparation measures the UN has undertaken to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.’
He quoted Secretary-General as saying in a letter to member states that a three-phase response activation system to manage and coordinate health emergencies is already in place in the organisation.