By Maxim Rodionov and Andrew Osborn
MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating as a precaution after a number of members of his entourage fell ailing with COVID-19, however is “completely” wholesome and doesn’t have the illness himself, the Kremlin mentioned on Tuesday.
Putin, 68, will due to this fact not journey to Tajikistan this week for deliberate regional safety conferences which he’ll participate in by video convention as an alternative.
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 medical doctors.
Putin additionally met Russian Paralympians and travelled to western Russia on Monday to look at joint army drills with Belarus.
The Kremlin chief’s choice to self-isolate suggests a possible breach within the rigorous regime set as much as hold Putin, who turns 69 subsequent month, wholesome and away from anybody with COVID-19.
Kremlin guests have needed to cross by particular disinfection tunnels, Putin has had two photographs of Russia’s flagship Sputnik V vaccine, journalists attending his occasions need to endure a number of PCR checks, and folks he meets are requested to quarantine beforehand and be examined.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters that Putin had been in contact with a number of folks in his entourage who had fallen ailing with COVID-19.
“After all we all know who fell ailing within the president’s entourage and the self-isolation (regime) doesn’t immediately have an effect on the president’s work,” mentioned Peskov.
“Nevertheless it’s simply that in-person conferences won’t happen for some time. However that doesn’t have an effect on their frequency and the president will proceed his exercise by way of video conferences.”
Requested if Putin had examined detrimental for COVID-19, Peskov mentioned: “After all sure. The president is totally wholesome.”
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