Putin said that dozens of people in the working group close to him had tested positive for nCoV, before he began to self-isolate.
“I’m very sorry, but I have to meet like this because as you all know, many people around me are infected with nCoV. Not just one or two, but dozens of people,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said today at an online conference. of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), taking place in Tajikistan. He canceled a trip to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, at the last minute.
Putin, 68, announced Sputnik V’s Covid-19 vaccine in March and began self-isolation from September 14 due to close contact with nCoV cases. The Russian president was tested later and the results were negative.
Putin has continued in recent months with business trips and face-to-face meetings, but many of his contacts are still required to quarantine for two weeks.
Russia is the fifth largest epidemic area in the world, recording nearly 7.2 million infections and more than 195,000 deaths. The country is dealing with an outbreak related to the highly contagious Delta strain since June, while the vaccination program has been delayed due to the skepticism of vaccines among some people.
Huyen Le (Follow AFP)