Russia’s Vladimir Putin self-isolates after COVID-19 found in entourage By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin seems on throughout a gathering with athletes, members of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Moscow, Russia September 11, 2021. Sputnik/Evgeny Biyatov/Kremlin by way of REUTERS

By Andrew Osborn and Maxim Rodionov

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating as a precaution after a number of members of his entourage fell unwell with COVID-19, however is “absolutely” wholesome and doesn’t have the illness himself, the Kremlin stated on Tuesday.

Putin, 68, will due to this fact not journey to Tajikistan this week for deliberate regional safety conferences anticipated to concentrate on Afghanistan, however will participate by video convention as a substitute.

The Kremlin stated Putin took the choice to self-isolate after finishing a busy spherical of conferences on Monday, which included face-to-face Kremlin talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Putin additionally met Russian Paralympians and travelled to western Russia on Monday to look at joint navy drills with Belarus.

He was quoted by the RIA information company as telling the Paralympians on Monday that he was nervous in regards to the COVID-19 state of affairs in the Kremlin.

“Problems with this COVID are even surfacing in my entourage,” Putin was quoted as saying on the time. “I think I’ll be forced to quarantine myself soon. Many people around me are sick.”

Putin’s determination to self-isolate suggests a possible breach in the rigorous regime set as much as hold Putin, who turns 69 subsequent month, wholesome and away from anybody with COVID-19.

Kremlin guests have needed to cross via particular disinfection tunnels, Putin has had two photographs of Russia’s flagship Sputnik V vaccine, journalists attending his occasions should bear a number of PCR assessments, and a few folks he meets are requested to quarantine beforehand and be examined.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Putin had been in contact with a number of folks in his entourage who had fallen unwell with COVID-19.

“Of course we know who fell ill in the president’s entourage and the self-isolation does not directly affect the president’s work,” Peskov stated.

“But it’s just that in-person meetings will not take place for a while. But that does not affect their frequency and the president will continue his activity via video conferences.”

Asked if Putin had examined detrimental for COVID-19, Peskov stated: “Of course yes. The president is absolutely healthy.”

Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya Institute which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, was quoted by the Interfax information company as saying that, in his view, Putin would want to self-isolate for one week.

Gintsburg stated any determination on the size of the isolation interval was a matter for the Kremlin’s personal medical specialists.

Other world leaders, together with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have additionally been compelled to self-isolate in the course of the pandemic.

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