Russian President Vladimir Putin goes into self-isolation after aides test positive for COVID-19

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Sept. 14 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into isolation after members in his orbit tested positive for COVID-19, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Putin’s office said the Russian leader has tested negative for the coronavirus and is in good health, but noted that his self-quarantine is a precautionary measure.

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Officials noted that Putin came into contact with someone who tested positive.

“Vladimir Putin said that due to identified coronavirus cases in his inner circle he should observe self-isolation for some time,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

As a result of the new cases, Putin will now attend a Central Asian security summit in Tajikistan this week via video conference.

Putin mentioned his quarantine during a phone call Tuesday with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Putin, who is inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, hinted at possible self-isolation on Monday and has required that everyone who meets with him face-to-face undergo a two-week quarantine.

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose on Tuesday by almost 18,000, the state-run Tass news agency reported. To date, the country has recorded almost 7.2 million cases.

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