Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolatingas a precaution after a number of members of his entourage fell in poor health with COVID-19, however is “absolutely” wholesome and doesn’t have the illness himself, the Kremlin mentioned on Tuesday.
Putin, 68, will due to this fact not travel to Tajikistan this week for deliberate regional safety conferences which he’ll participate in by video convention as a substitute.
The Kremlin mentioned Putin took the choice to self-isolate after he had met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad within the Kremlin on Monday, in session with docs.
Putin additionally met Russian Paralympians and travelled to western Russia on Monday to watch joint army drills with Belarus.
The Kremlin chief’s determination to self-isolate suggests a possible breach within the rigorous regime set as much as maintain Putin, who turns 69 subsequent month, wholesome and away from anybody with COVID-19.
Kremlin guests have needed to move by particular disinfection tunnels, Putin has had two pictures of Russia’s flagship Sputnik V vaccine, journalists attending his occasions should bear a number of PCR exams, and other people he meets are requested to quarantine beforehand and be examined.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters that Putin had been in contact with a number of folks in his entourage who had fallen in poor health with COVID-19.
“Of course we know who fell ill in the president’s entourage and the self-isolation (regime) does not directly affect the president’s work,” mentioned Peskov.
“But it’s just that in-person meetings will not take place for a while. But that does not affect their frequency and the president will continue his activity via video conferences.”
Asked if Putin had examined adverse for COVID-19, Peskov mentioned: “Of course yes. The president is absolutely healthy.”