Two doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus got engaged – in full Hazmat suits.
The video captured the moment when 26-year-old surgeon Igor Anokhin asked the question to anesthetist Ekaterina Vnukova, 24, at the hospital where they are fighting the coronavirus at the Krasnoyarsk Regional Hospital in Siberia.
Other medics – all in full hazmat suits – cheered when she said yes eight months after the couple first met ICU patients.
Igor said: “When I decided to propose, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. But I was terribly worried.
“We met in the hospital at the end of April and at first we just talked.
“As we got to know each other better, we understood that we’d been looking for each other all our lives,” he continued.
“And we became a couple.”
The happy moment was a joyful break in a harsh winter in the region that was badly hit by Covid-19 infections.
The area – geographically the second largest in Russia – is among the top dozen for viral infections.
Latest figures from analyst Worldometer show that 3,308,601 positive cases of the virus and 59,951 deaths were recorded across the country.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the response to the pandemic.
The statement read: “The two leaders wished each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
“They discussed cooperation in combating the coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on opportunities to cooperate in joint vaccine production and agreed on further contacts between the health ministries of the two countries and other relevant departments in this regard.”