Russian Putin says he is in COVID-19 self-quarantine “a few days”


Moscow — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that dozens of his aides would have to spend “a few days” on self-quarantine after getting sick with COVID-19, TASS. The news agency reported.

President Putin spoke via a video link at the Russian-led security block summit in Tajikistan, which he originally planned to attend in person.

Previously, the magnitude of the outbreak and how long Putin remained isolated was unknown.

“This isn’t just one or two, but dozens,” he said. “And now I have to stay in quarantine for a few days.”

Putin, 68, received two Russian Sputnik V vaccines. He said this week he is personally testing its effectiveness.

The Kremlin said Putin was healthy. His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Thursday that the president’s self-quarantine could last for at least a week, adding that he was unaware of anyone with a serious illness in the Kremlin.

Putin said he has not yet decided whether to attend a group of 20 summits in Rome at the end of next month.

The Kremlin imposed strict measures designed to keep Putin away from people with COVID-19.

Kremlin visitors need to go through a special disinfection tunnel, journalists attending his event need to undergo multiple PCR tests, and some of the people he meets are pre-quarantined and COVID-19 You will be asked to take the test.

Maxim Rodionov