Spokesman says Putin has tested negative, claims Russian leader is protected with domestic Sputnik vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with the coronavirus, the Kremlin said Tuesday, adding that the leader himself tested negative for Covid-19, the Associated Press reported from Moscow.

Putin, who claims to be fully vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, held several public engagements indoors Monday and even said that he may have to quarantine soon. An aide at the time sought to suggest he was speaking generally and insisted Tuesday that no one’s heath was endangered.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov didn’t say when Putin began self-isolating, when he tested negative, how long he would remain in self-isolation or who among the president’s contacts was infected. He did say there were several cases.

Putin has hardly ever worn a mask publicly, though he appeared to work largely remotely and was rarely seen in public for a period before he was vaccinated.

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