Russian President Vladimir Putin – Photo: REUTERS
Writing on Telegram, Putin said: “Among the employees close to me, as you know, there have been cases of corona virus infection. Not one or two people, but several dozen people. I have to Self-quarantine for a few days.”
Because of his close contact with COVID-19 cases, Putin said he would not be able to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which will be held on June 3. September 17 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
According to the plan, Mr. Putin would chair the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization but canceled his business trip to self-isolate.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, said Putin was in good health and stressed that self-isolation had no effect on work and that Putin would work online.
Dmitry Peskov does not know how long Putin will be in isolation because this is decided by the doctors.
President Putin, 68, has received two doses of the Russian-developed and manufactured COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V and still has a high number of antibodies.
According to Reuters news agency, the Kremlin has taken strict measures to protect President Putin from possible risks of close contact with people infected with COVID-19.
Visitors to the Kremlin must pass through special disinfecting passages. Reporters attending his events had to perform multiple PCR tests, and some of his contacts were required to pre-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19.
Earlier, information that Putin was self-isolating was announced by the Kremlin on September 14.