Putin is self-isolating

President Putin is self-isolating after being in close contact with a case of Covid-19, but he tested negative for nCoV.

“President Vladimir Putin said that due to the discovery of close contact with the nCoV case, he decided to self-isolate for a while,” the Kremlin announced today.

The Kremlin did not identify the nCoV-infected person with whom Putin was in close contact, nor did he disclose when the Russian President met this person and how long he is expected to be isolated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during an online conversation on September 3.  Photo: Kremlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during an online conversation on September 3. Photo: Kremlin.

A day earlier, Putin held direct talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow, discussing the situation in Syria, international terrorism, and issues of bilateral cooperation and humanitarianism.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said that many people around Putin were infected with nCoV, but the Russian president tested negative for the virus. “President Putin is completely healthy,” Peskov said. Putin had previously received a full course of two doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.

The Russian president is expected to participate in online events of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) taking place in the Tajik capital Dushanbe this week.

Russia is the 5th largest epidemic area in the world, recording more than 7.1 million infections and more than 194,000 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.

Nguyen Tien (Follow TASS, RIA Novosti)

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