Russian President Putin to self-isolate over virus cases in 'inner circle': Kremlin

WION Web Team
MoscowUpdated: Sep 14, 2021, 04:06 PM IST

Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Photograph:(AFP)

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Russia has been battling the virus with the total number of cases surging to over seven million last week.

Kremlin said today that Russian President Putin will be self-isolating over coronavirus cases reported in the "inner circle".

However, officials who have been hit with the virus is still unclear. Kremlin said Putin,68, will not be attending the regional summit in person in Dushanbe which is set to take place later this week.

The Russian president had taken the second dose of the vaccine in April this year after taking the first shot on March 23. Putin had reportedly taken the Sputnik V jab developed by Russian scientists last year.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declared the Russian president was "absolutely healthy" and had taken a coronavirus test.

Russia has been battling the virus with the total number of coronavirus cases climbing to over seven million last Sunday.

The country had reported 18,645 new coronavirus infections last weekend along with 793 deaths. According to Russia's state-run agency Rosstat, 365,000 people had died due to the virus last month.

Russia has so far recorded 7,176,085 COVID-19 cases along with 194,249 deaths even as infections spiked last month. Russia's capital Moscow has been the epicentre of the virus. 

(With inputs from Agencies)