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COVID-19: latest IAEA updates

All IAEA operations are continuing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Since only essential or critical staff are permitted access to work at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), most VIC-based personnel are working remotely as of Monday, 16 March to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Safeguards inspections worldwide are continuing but with some travel disruption.

Most meetings and non-critical travel through 1 June 2020 are postponed or deferred. The situation for other events is under review in light of the evolving situation. For event updates, please visit the events page. ‘Critical’ meetings and travel will continue to the extent possible in order for the IAEA to deliver on its mandate. 

Precautionary measures have been taken in line with recommendations from Austrian authorities. On 15 March 2020, the Austrian authorities extended measures instructing everyone in Austria to stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household. Further restrictions were also put in place, including on travel, gatherings and business operations. More details can be found here.

IAEA response capacity for nuclear and radiological emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic

The IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC), also based in Vienna, continues to ensure that the communication channels for notification and information exchange in nuclear and radiological emergencies irrespective of its cause remain fully operational on a 24/7 basis. The IEC also continues to fully implement its response roles utilizing its established Business Continuity Plan. Further, the IEC continues to prepare and implement the scheduled Convention Exercises (ConvEx) and other planned activities, such as consultancy meetings with Member States, which will be conducted via teleconferencing.

(Last updated: 23 March 2020)

 

17 March 2020

The planned training course on detecting COVID-19 using nuclear techniques is foreseen to take place at the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, later this month. Read this article for more details.

A confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a cleaning staff at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) was announced on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. The case was initially diagnosed by Austrian authorities as influenza and later on 16 March 2020 the authorities informed the VIC Medical Services that the person tested positive for COVID-19. The VIC Medical Service assessed and found zero risk to first responders to the case and no residual risk to personnel at the VIC.

15 March 2020

IAEA staff with critical functions are now telecommuting and accessing the VIC only if absolutely necessary. This reflects restrictions and measures announced by the Austrian and Viennese authorities on 15 March 2020. The latest information from these authorities can be found here.

13 March 2020

COVID-19: IAEA Implements Measures Following Recommendations from Austrian Authorities

In line with recommendations from Austrian authorities, the heads of the four main Vienna-based United Nations organizations, including the IAEA, announced that all personnel at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) have been instructed to work remotely from Monday 16th to Friday 3rd April 2020. Private visitors will also not have access to the VIC until further notice. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Vienna International Centre, where some 5,000 people from around 125 countries work. 

Read more here.

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