(Financial News) – Last week Vladimir Putin was given a tour of Moscow’s main corovonavirus hospital, Novomoskovsky Medical Center, by Dr. Denis Protsenko.
Dr. Protsenko announced today that he tested positive for the deadly virus.
According to Dr. Protsenko’s Facebook page he writes;
Yes, I have tested positive for the coronavirus, but I feel pretty good. I’ve isolated myself in my office. I think the immunity I’ve developed this month is doing its job.Dr. Denis Protsenko via Facebook
As per Reuters, the Kremlin states that Putin is regularly tested as part of standard procedure and that as of now, “Everything is okay.”
Putin was in protective gear during his tour of Novomoskovsky Medical Center
During his tour of Novomoskovsky Medical Center, the Russian President was sporting full protective gear, including a full hazardous material suit and a respirator.
However, when Putin was meeting with Protsenko, he was no longer in protective gear and furthermore they did not practice social distancing, as the photo indicates of them shaking hands.
Reports COVID-19 case in Putin’s Administration
According to The Independent, last week, as many as 5 officials of Putin’s administration were confirmed to test positive for COVID-19.
Quoting sources in the Kremlin, three local publications suggested as many as five members of staff may have tested positive: One or two employees of the presidential administration; one member of the presidential administrative directorate; and one member of the cabinet staff.The Independent
The Kremlin went on to say that the officials in question did not come into contact with Putin and that they were doing everything in their power to stop the virus from spreading further within the administration.
Since the end of January, Putin’s security team has ramped up protection of the President against the coronavirus. Some of the measures they are taking are taking the temperature of anyone in breathing distance of the Russian leader as well as more recently, mandatory blood tests to check for COVID-19 have become part of the protocol.