The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, revealed, Thursday (16), that dozens of people around him have been infected with the Corona virus, and that he has been isolated since the beginning of the week.
He said during a video conference of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a regional military alliance.
This information was confirmed by international news agencies TASS, Reuters and AFP.
However, it is unclear whether those infected belonged only to his government team or whether he also referred to family members.
On Tuesday (14), Putin predicted that he had to self-isolate and cancel participation in several summits after coming into contact with a staff member sick with Covid-19. He said he was given the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to avoid contracting the disease.
Putin recently returned to participate in public events. Until a few weeks ago, his appointments were videotaped, and the few people who got to know him had to go through a period of isolation.
Russia is among the countries most affected by the Corona virus pandemic in terms of deaths and ranks fifth in terms of the number of infected people, according to the Agence France-Presse balance.
According to the statistics agency Rosstat, 350,000 Russians had died of Covid-19 by the end of July 2021.
According to the Gogov website, which collects official data from the regions, only 27.5% of Russians are fully vaccinated.
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