Putin self-isolates after coronavirus found in entourage

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Putin self-isolates after the coronavirus found in his entourage.

The spokesperson from Kremlin has told the media that the President was not sick. However, he has gone into self-isolation not to infect others in case of getting the virus.

Vladimir Putin has gone into self-isolation because of an outbreak of coronavirus in his entourage, the Kremlin has announced. Due to self-isolation, Putin will not be able to attend the SCO meeting to be held in Dushanbe this week in person. Also, he won’t be able to attend Collective Security Treaty Organization’s conference.

 The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, announced on Monday he would also skip the SCO meeting, which would have been the first major summit of regional leaders to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Russia experienced a new surge of coronavirus cases this summer after a vaccine drive failed to hit targets nationwide. The country is reporting nearly 18,000 new cases each day. Data released by Rosstat suggested nearly 64,000 excess deaths were recorded this July, as the Delta variant swept across the country.

Despite claims he is vaccinated, visitors have still had to quarantine for up to two weeks to meet Putin personally. Putin said he would take part in meetings of the SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation this week by videoconference. A key topic of the summits would be the fall of the US-backed government in Afghanistan to the Taliban.