MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into self-isolation because of coronavirus cases in his closest circle, the Kremlin announced on Tuesday, adding that he had tested negative for Covid-19.
Putin was fully vaccinated with the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V and received his second vaccination in April.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin was “perfectly healthy” but would self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who contracted the virus. He did not explain how long Putin would remain in self-isolation, but assured that the president would continue to work as usual.
When asked whether Putin had tested negative for the virus, Peskow said “definitely yes”.
Peskov did not say who among Putin’s contacts was infected, just said that there were several cases.
On Monday, the Russian President took part in several public events. He greeted Russian Paralympists, took part in military exercises conducted in coordination with Belarus, and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
During the meeting with the Paralympians, Putin mentioned that he “may need to be quarantined soon”.
“There are also problems with this COVID in my environment,” the Russian head of state was quoted by the state news agency RIA Novosti. “We have to see what is really going on there. I think I may have to quarantine myself soon. Lots of people around me are sick. “
When asked why Putin held public events on Monday even though he already knew there were coronavirus cases around him, Peskov said the decision to self-isolate was made after “doctors completed their tests and procedures.”
At the events on Monday, Peskow assured that “nobody’s health is at risk”.
Russia’s daily new coronavirus infections in recent weeks have stabilized at around 17,000 to 18,000, with the daily death toll at just under 800, the highest level in the pandemic. However, there are hardly any virus restrictions in Russia at the moment.
Russia’s state coronavirus task force has reported a total of 7.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 194,249 deaths. However, reports from the Rosstat government statistical service retrospectively listing coronavirus-related deaths show much higher numbers.