Putin to Self-Isolate Due to COVID Cases Among Inner Circle | World News

By DARIA LITVINOVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin goes into self-isolation due to coronavirus circumstances in his internal circle, the Kremlin stated Tuesday, including that he examined destructive for COVID-19.

The announcement got here within the Kremlin’s readout of Putin’s telephone name with Tajikistan’s president. Putin has been absolutely vaccinated with the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, receiving his second shot in April.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed reporters that Putin is “absolutely healthy,” however will self-isolate after coming involved with somebody who contracted the virus. He didn’t make clear for the way lengthy Putin would stay in self-isolation, however assured that the president will proceed working as common.

Asked if Putin examined destructive for the virus, Peskov stated “definitely, yes.”

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Peskov didn’t say who amongst Putin’s contacts had been contaminated, saying solely that there have been a number of circumstances.

On Monday, the Russian president attended a number of public occasions. He greeted Russian Paralympians, attended navy workouts performed in coordination with Belarus, and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During the assembly with the Paralympians, Putin talked about that he “may have to quarantine soon.”

“Even in my circle problems occur with this COVID,” the Russian chief was quoted by the state RIA Novosti information company as saying. “We need to look into what’s really happening there. I think I may have to quarantine soon myself. A lot of people around (me) are sick.”

Asked why Putin proceeded with public events on Monday, even though he already knew that there were coronavirus cases around him, Peskov said that the decision to self-isolate was made after “doctors completed their testing, their procedures.” Peskov assured that “no one’s health was endangered” at Monday’s occasions.

Russia’s daily new coronavirus infections in recent weeks have plateaued around 17,000-18,000, with the daily death toll remaining just under 800, the highest level in the pandemic. Nevertheless, hardly any virus restrictions are currently in place in Russia.

Russia’s state coronavirus task force has reported a total of 7.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 194,249 deaths. However, reports by the government’s statistical service Rosstat that tally coronavirus-linked deaths retroactively reveal much higher numbers.

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