Putin advised a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, through video hyperlink that he was unable to attend in particular person as he is in quarantine.
“Unfortunately, I had to cancel my visit to Dushanbe at the last moment. I am very sorry about that, but this is due to the fact that in my immediate environment, cases of coronavirus have been identified,” he stated.
“This is not one, not two, but several dozen people. And now it is necessary to self-isolate for several days. Unfortunately, I cannot shake hands with each of you, hug you. But of course, we are interested in discussing key goals of our organization albeit remotely.”
On Tuesday, the Kremlin stated Putin was quarantining after individuals in his inner circle examined positive for Covid-19. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Putin had examined destructive for coronavirus and was “absolutely healthy.”
Peskov advised journalists in a convention name that as “several people” in Putin’s entourage obtained sick the President “must take a responsible position and not endanger the health of his colleagues.”
The spokesman didn’t specify who has examined positive and stated he did not know whether or not the people had been vaccinated.
During a televised assembly with authorities officers and members of the ruling United Russia get together, Putin stated a number of individuals in his “innermost circle” had contracted the virus, together with one employees member with whom he labored carefully on Monday.
The staffer was vaccinated and just lately obtained “revaccinated,” Putin stated, apparently referring to a booster shot, which Russia is now providing to these immunized greater than six months prior.
“He was revaccinated, apparently, a bit too late. He fell ill three days after the revaccination. The day before I communicated with him very closely, all day long,” Putin stated.
“This is an experiment — let’s see how Sputink V actually works. Because my [antibodies] are high. Hope everything will be as it should be and Sputnik will show its high parameters for protection against Covid-19 in real life,” he added.
Russia is among the many international locations worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, reporting the eighth highest variety of circumstances globally. As of Tuesday, it had formally recorded greater than 7 million circumstances and 190,000 deaths, in accordance with World Health Organization information.
It is at the moment battling a devastating third wave of infections, with weekly deaths at a number of the highest ranges to this point.