Putin Isolates Himself After Aides Tested Positive for COVID-19

The Kremlin announced Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been placed in seclusion after members of his entourage tested positive for COVID-19.

Putin’s staff stated that the Russian president has tested negative for the coronavirus and is in good health, but that his self-quarantine is merely a precaution.

Putin had contact with someone who tested positive, according to officials.

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

As a result of the new cases, Putin will now attend a Central Asian security summit in Tajikistan this week via video conference.

Putin mentioned his quarantine during a phone call Tuesday with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Putin, who is inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, hinted at possible self-isolation on Monday and has required that everyone who meets with him face-to-face undergo a two-week quarantine.

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose on Tuesday by almost 18,000, the state-run Tass news agency reported. To date, the country has recorded almost 7.2 million cases.

Source: UPI

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