A Kremlin statement announced the Russian President Vladimir Putin ,68, acknowledged the existence of “identified cases of coronavirus in his environment” and decided to quarantine as precaution. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin has tested negative for coronavirus and is “absolutely healthy.” Putin was vaccinated against Covid-19 in March. He has had two shots of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The Kremlin statement said that Putin’s scheduled appointments for the ongoing week will now be attended via videoconference. “Isolation does not directly affect the work of the President. But there will be no face-to-face events for some time.” Putin met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow on Monday. Putin also met Russian Paralympians and traveled to western Russia on Monday to observe joint military drills with Belarus.
As of Tuesday, Russis had officially recorded more than 7 million cases and 190,000 deaths of Covid-19. There are high levels of hesitation in population in the country about vaccination. Putin said the circumstances had forced him to cancel a planned trip to Tajikistan this week for regional security meetings. The Kremlin has a rigorous regime in place designed to keep Putin, who turns 69 next month, healthy and away from anyone with COVID-19. Kremlin visitors have had to pass through special disinfection tunnels, journalists attending his events must undergo multiple PCR tests, and some people he meets are asked to quarantine beforehand and be tested.