Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that dozens of people in his entourage had tested positive for the coronavirus before he went into self-isolation.
“As you know, cases of the coronavirus were detected in my inner circle. Not just one or two but several dozen people,” Putin was speaking through a video link at a summit of a Russia-led security bloc which was held in Tajikistan.
He had planned to attend in person before the news of the virus outbreak in his inner circle this week.
Spend a 'few days' in isolation
Putin said on Thursday he would have to spend “a few days” in self-isolation, the TASS news agency reported.
It was previously unclear how big the outbreak was and how long Putin would remain isolated.
“And now I have to remain in self-isolation for a few days.”