Putin acknowledges “dozens” of people infected with “Covid-19” in his midst


Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed yesterday (Thursday) that dozens of people in his midst have tested positive for the emerging coronavirus, forcing him to undergo quarantine, in an announcement that proves the difficulties Russia is facing in curbing the spread of the epidemic. The Kremlin explained that those concerned are members of the Russian President’s bodyguards.

He said in statements during a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the capital of Tajikistan, via video link: “In my circles, not just one or two people, but dozens of people were infected with the Corona virus.” “I had to cancel my visit to Dushanbe at the last minute, and I am really sorry for that,” he added.

For his part, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, 68, who received the vaccine in March, said that the Russian president should remain in isolation for at least an additional week because of this unprecedented focus in his close circle since the beginning of the epidemic. Among the injured, Peskov added, some were “protecting” the president and others were tasked with aspects of his “daily life”, without elaborating.

On the other hand, he stressed that he was not aware of “any serious case,” noting that practically all those who work with Putin are vaccinated. Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin’s business was not affected and the president was “working as usual” from his residence in the Moscow suburbs.

On Tuesday, Putin announced that he had entered a quarantine because he was in “very close” contact with an aide who contracted the disease despite receiving the vaccine.

And Putin, who received the Sputnik-V vaccine against the virus about six months ago, said at the time that he “hopes that everything will go as it should” and that this vaccine will prove “actually a high level of protection.”

The arrival of infections to the close circle of the Russian President proves the difficulties that Moscow is facing in eliminating the epidemic, between the immovable vaccination process and the lack of strict adherence to the rules of social separation and the placement of masks.

Russia is one of the countries in the world in which the epidemic caused the largest number of deaths, in a phenomenon that accelerated with the Russians not receiving the vaccines produced in the country due to their mistrust towards the authorities.

Spread in the country in particular mutated delta since June (June). According to the statistics agency Rosstat, about 350,000 Russians had died of Covid-19 until the end of July 2021. A statistic prepared by the Gogov website showed that only 27.3% of Russians had fully received the vaccine so far since December 2020. The Kremlin, which He has four national vaccines, and has set a goal of vaccinating 60% of the population by September.

Despite encouraging publicity, the Sputnik-in vaccine is facing difficulties in exporting, despite studies confirming its efficacy. This vaccine has not yet obtained a license from the World Health Organization or the European Union.

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, on Wednesday denounced the mandatory vaccination in order to reach the United Nations General Assembly, which will be held from September 21 to 27, with the exception of Sputnik-V from the allowed vaccines, as “clearly discriminatory.”

Only recently did Putin resume his public activities, as he was surrounded by strict measures to spare him any injury. Before announcing his entry into quarantine, Putin received on Monday in Moscow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and several Paralympic athletes returning from Tokyo.

A few weeks ago, he held the majority of his meetings via video link and all the people he could meet had to undergo a 14-day isolation period.

Since imposing strict isolation in April and May 2020 during the first wave of the epidemic, the Russian authorities have refused to adopt new, large-scale measures and restrictions in order to protect its fragile economy.

Putin’s isolation also coincides with the legislative elections scheduled for the weekend in Russia, from Friday to Sunday, in a polling organized over three days in order to reduce the risk of infection with Corona at the polling stations.

With few exceptions, voters will have a choice between the declining ruling United Russia party and a number of diverse candidates or organizations pliant to power. But this vote does not arouse enthusiasm among the voters. A Kremlin spokesman announced that the Russian president had registered to vote electronically.


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