Putin to self-isolate after COVID detected in entourage

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to self-isolate as many coronavirus cases were recently detected among his acquaintances, the Kremlin reported on Tuesday. The Russian leader is still expected to appear at summits via video-link.

Putin stated in conversation with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon that he would have to self-isolate due to COVID-19 cases in his inner circle, according to the Kremlin.

“Vladimir Putin said that due to identified coronavirus cases in his inner circle he should observe self-isolation for some time,” the statement reads.

In this light, the Russian leader will attend the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) events planned to be held this week in Dushanbe via videoconference, the Kremlin specified.

Putin was tested for COVID-19 after several coronavirus cases had been recently detected among his acquaintances, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

“Absolutely sure. The president is in excellent health,” Peskov added at a briefing when asked whether Putin’s PCR test was negative.

The Russian leader was vaccinated against the coronavirus with homegrown Sputnik V in April.

Source: TASS and Sputnik

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