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Putin self-isolates due to COVID-19 among staff: NPR


The Kremlin has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will go into self-isolation due to coronavirus cases among his entourage.

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Putin self-isolates due to COVID-19 among staff: NPR

The Kremlin has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will go into self-isolation due to coronavirus cases among his entourage.

Alexei Drujinin / AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin is isolated due to a COVID-19 outbreak among his relatives, according to the Kremlin.

Putin said he received his second COVID-19 vaccine in April, but received the off-camera shots.

The information was read Tuesday during a telephone meeting that Putin held with the leader of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon. Putin has said he should join an upcoming regional summit by teleconference since he is self-isolating.

Reading the phone call also indicated that Putin and the Tajik leader discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, Putin blurted out that some of his staff had been infected with COVID-19 in a hot mic moment captured by cameras in the Kremlin swimming pool. Putin was signing autographs for Russian Paralympians returning from the Tokyo Games.

The Kremlin spokesman then insisted that Putin was speaking generally about concerns about the virus.