An employee at NATO’s Brussels headquarters has self-quarantined at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, a NATO spokesperson confirmed Monday.
The staffer had recently holidayed in northern Italy and was tested after developing a fever and “feeling unwell” at the end of last week, according to a statement on the alliance’s website.
Other staff who normally work closely with the employee “had been working from home at the end of last week and continue to do so.”
NATO said it is encouraging all Brussels staff to work remotely and that “group visits” to its head office have been suspended. Some staff travel has also been canceled. It is regularly updating Belgian authorities on the situation, the statement added.
However, the alliance insisted these precautions won’t disrupt its working as its headquarters “has robust business continuity measures and plans in place, ensuring that our essential work continues.”