Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Spokesman Tests Positive For Coronavirus: Report

Dmitry Peskov told a news agency that he was last in direct contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin "over a month ago."


Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said he tested positive for the coronavirus and was receiving treatment in hospital, news agencies reported.

"I am ill. I'm being treated," Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies TASS and Interfax, which specified he had COVID-19.

Dmitry Peskov is the fourth senior government official to have fallen ill, after Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev said they tested positive for the coronavirus.

None were reported to be in a serious condition, with only Mishustin in hospital who was still holding some meetings by video link.

Peskov told TASS news agency that he was last in direct contact with Putin "over a month ago."

The Russian leader has been staying at his residence outside Moscow for several weeks and is carrying out meetings and speeches via video link.

Peskov, 52, has served as Putin's spokesman since 2000. He has not held his usual daily telephone briefings with reporters since May 6.

Putin on Monday announced that a strict national lockdown would be eased starting Tuesday, even though the country's rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing.

Russia reported 10,899 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and a total of 232,243 infections. The country has the world's second highest number of infections, according to an AFP tally.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by QuickOjas staff and is published from a syndicated feed.


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