September 19, 2021

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after individuals in his inner circle grew to become contaminated with the coronavirus, the Kremlin mentioned Tuesday, including that the chief himself examined destructive for COVID-19.

Putin, who is absolutely vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V, held a number of public engagements indoors Monday and even mentioned that he might have to quarantine quickly. An aide on the time sought to counsel he was talking usually and insisted Tuesday that nobody’s heath was endangered.

Throughout a day by day convention name with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned that Putin is “absolutely healthy” however had come in contact with somebody who contracted the virus. Requested if Putin examined destructive for the virus, Peskov mentioned “definitely, yes.”

Peskov did not say when Putin started self-isolating, when he examined destructive, how lengthy he would stay in self-isolation or who among the many president’s contacts was contaminated. He did say there have been a number of cases.

Russian authorities have been usually criticized for underplaying the pandemic and for not often imposing measures to management it even in the face of surges in cases. Russia’s dying toll is at the moment working at its highest stage of the pandemic, with slightly below 800 fatalities a day. However, hardly any virus restrictions are at the moment in place.

Putin has hardly worn a masks publicly, although he appeared to work largely remotely and was not often seen in public for a interval earlier than he was vaccinated.

On Monday, Putin attended a number of public occasions, most of which had been indoors and the place it appeared from photos on TV that nobody wore masks. He shook palms with Russian Paralympians and pinned medals on them, attended navy workout routines alongside Protection Minister Sergey Shoigu and different officers, and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose hand he additionally shook.

Through the assembly with the Paralympians, Putin signaled that he was conscious of cases shut to him.

“Even in my circle problems occur with this COVID,” the Russian chief was quoted by the state RIA Novosti information company as saying. “We need to look into what’s really happening there. I think I may have to quarantine soon myself. A lot of people around (me) are sick.”

Peskov later mentioned Putin was talking “figuratively.”

Requested Tuesday about why Putin proceeded with public occasions, Peskov mentioned that the choice to self-isolate was made after “doctors completed their testing, their procedures.” Peskov mentioned with out explaining that “no one’s health was endangered” at Monday’s occasions.

Russia’s day by day coronavirus infections have fallen in the previous month from over 20,000 to about 17,000 – however specialists have known as into query how Russia is tallying cases and deaths.

Regardless of excessive caseloads, Russia has struggled to vaccinate its residents, and its charges lag behind many different international locations. As of Friday, solely 32% of the inhabitants had acquired at the least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine, and solely 27% had been absolutely vaccinated.

Putin has sometimes gone to excessive lengths to shield himself from an infection, regardless of the dearth of restrictions in normal. Peskov has confirmed media experiences that individuals who meet in-person with Putin or attend occasions with him have to bear “rigorous testing” or quarantine forward of time.

Officers even arrange particular “disinfection tunnels” final yr at his residence and the Kremlin that anybody assembly Putin had to stroll via. The guests had been sprayed with a disinfectant mist, though it is not clear how efficient that is. Putin additionally as soon as visited a hospital in a full hazmat go well with.

The video in the media participant above was used in a earlier report.