Moscow | Mass in the Kremlin: Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed, Thursday, that dozens of people around him are suffering from Covid-19, forcing him to self-isolate, in evidence of the difficulties the country is facing in stopping the epidemic.
The people involved are in particular the bodyguards of the head of state, according to the Russian presidency.
Mr. Putin announced during a video conference at the Collective Security Council of the Treaty Organization (OTSC): a summit meeting in Tajikistan.
“I had to cancel my visit to Dushanbe at the last minute, I’m really sorry,” he added.
According to Dmitry Peskov, his spokesman, Mr. Putin, 68, who has been vaccinated since March, must remain in isolation for “at least a week” due to this unprecedented outbreak since the beginning of the epidemic in the department. Closer to the master of the Kremlin epidemic.
Peskov added that among the injured, some provided “security” to the president, and others were responsible for aspects of his “daily life”, without giving further details.
On the other hand, he stressed that he was not aware of “any serious case”, stressing that “virtually all those” who work with Mr. Putin are vaccinated.
According to Dmitry Peskov, the work of the Kremlin is unaffected and the president himself is “working normally” from his residence on the outskirts of Moscow.
Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that he had to self-isolate after having “very close” contact with a collaborator who turned out to be ill.
He added that he is immunized for nearly six months from the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, and added that the serum “will really show a high level of protection.”
Less than 30% of vaccines
The uprooting of the Covid virus in the entourage close to the president underscores the Russian difficulties in fighting the epidemic, between slipping vaccination and random respect for the rules of distancing and wearing a mask.
Russia is one of the countries in the world where the epidemic has claimed the largest number of lives. The phenomenon accelerated, with the Russians not being vaccinated with the products produced in the country, against the background of the authorities’ distrust.
The country has been particularly bereaved by the delta variable that has been wreaking havoc since June.
According to the statistics agency Rosstat, about 350,000 Russians died of Covid-19 at the end of July 2021. According to Gogov’s statistic, only 27.5% of the Russian population has been fully vaccinated so far and since December 2020.
Initially, the Kremlin, which has four national vaccines, set a target of reaching 60% of vaccination by September.
Despite the vigorous promotion of Sputnik V, the leading vaccine in Moscow, it is also facing export difficulties, despite studies that prove its efficacy. It has not yet been approved by the World Health Organization or the European Union.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, on Wednesday denounced compulsory vaccination as “clearly discriminatory” for entry to the United Nations General Assembly from September 21 to 27, because Sputnik V is not allowed.
Elections this weekend
The Kremlin master had only recently resumed events in public, and had until then been protected by a radical device to prevent him from any contact with the coronavirus.
Before announcing his impeachment, Putin received Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and several Paralympic athletes returning from Tokyo on Monday in Moscow.
Until just a few weeks ago, the vast majority of his engagements were via video and the few people who could meet him had to undergo a fourteen-day period of isolation.
Since the strict containment in April and May 2020, during the first wave of the epidemic, the Russian authorities have refused to introduce new, large-scale restrictive measures in order to preserve the fragile economy.
Vladimir Putin’s isolation comes before legislative elections take place this weekend, from Friday to Sunday, a vote scheduled over three days to reduce the risk of pollution in polling stations.
According to his spokesperson, the president registered to vote online.
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