All in-person meetings at the UN were cancelled Tuesday for the rest of the week after a member state reported five staffers had tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.
The UN medical service recommended the cancellation pending contact tracing of the sick people, the president of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, said in a letter Monday evening to the 193 UN member states.
Bozkir did not say which UN mission reported the infection but a source close to the matter said it was Niger, which currently has a non-permanent seat on the Security Council.
Niger last met in person on Thursday.
Bozkir later said UN chief Antonio Guterres had recommended in-person meetings be suspended "until the end of the week" to allow time for contact tracing and for the full extent of the outbreak to be determined.
The 15-member council had planned to hold a monthly face-to-face meeting Tuesday on Syria, but it was conducted virtually.
It was the first time the UN has scrapped in-person meetings because of the pandemic since they resumed in the summer. Most sessions are still held virtually, however.