After a member of his entourage contracted Covid-19 hours after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into self-isolation.
Putin canceled a planned trip to Tajikistan after being completely inoculated with the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.
On Monday, he attended various public events, including a meeting with Russian Paralympians, military drills with Belarus, and a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin is ‘absolutely healthy’, but will self-isolate after coming in contact with someone who contracted the virus.
He did not clarify for how long Putin would remain in self-isolation but assured that the president will continue working as usual.
Asked if Putin tested negative for the virus, Peskov said: ‘Of course, yes.’
During his meeting with the Paralympians yesterday, Putin hinted he may need to self-isolate but then went on to hold face to face talks with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad
‘Even in my close circle, people are having issues with COVID-19,’ he told Russia’s athletes on Monday.
‘I myself may have to self-isolate soon. Many people are sick.’