Report: Putin is self-isolating after discovering COVID-19 cases in his entourage

Russian President Vladimir Putin will self-isolate after discovering COVID-19 cases in his entourage, a report said.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that Putin would not travel to Tajikistan this week for planned regional security meetings, Reuters reported.

Putin called Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon and told him he could not travel because he was self-isolating and would instead participate in meetings via a video link.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech during a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 3, 2021 (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

In the statement, the Kremlin said, according to Reuters, “Putin said that due to the cases of coronavirus in his entourage, he must adhere to the self-isolation regime for a certain period of time.”

In June, Putin revealed that he had received the domestically developed Sputnik V vaccine earlier this year.

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He stressed at the time the importance of vaccination due to the high incidence of coronavirus and deaths in Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin was “in absolutely good health.” When asked if Putin tested negative for the virus, Peskov said, “Of course yes.”

Peskov did not say how long Putin would remain in self-isolation. He indicated that the President would continue business as usual.

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As of early Tuesday, at least 70,55296 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Russia since the start of the pandemic, along with more than 190,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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