Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19: Putin says ‘several dozen’ people in his circle have tested positive

AFP, Reuters


Last updated on September 16, 2021 at 10.53 am
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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.”