Russian President Vladimir Putin is in self-isolation after several members of his “inner circle” contracted the coronavirus, the Kremlin said Tuesday.
Although the Kremlin said Putin tested negative for COVID-19, he will quarantine out of caution after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.
Putin is “absolutely healthy,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed, not specifying how long the Russian leader’s isolation would last.
The former KGB intelligence officer has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since April, thanks to Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine named for the world’s first artificial satellite.
The Kremlin would not specify which members of Putin’s circle were infected.
“Even in my circle problems occur with this COVID,” Putin said Monday, according to Russian state-owned media. “ think I may have to quarantine soon myself. A lot of people around (me) are sick.”
Putin attended several public events Monday, greeting constituents and meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Asked why Putin continued in-person events despite the potential contact, Petrov said the Kremlin decided to wait for doctors to confirm testing. The Kremlin maintains no one was put at risk by the president.