Russian President will go into self-isolation because at least one person around him has tested positive for coronavirus, the Kremlin has announced.

Iran PressEurope:  During a telephone call with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon, Putin "said that in connection with the detected cases of coronavirus in his environment, he must observe the regime of self-isolation for a certain period of time," the statement reads, Russia Today reported.

Speaking to reporters later on Tuesday, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said “the president is absolutely in good health but there will be no face-to-face events for some time.”

Putin had been due to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, later this week, with the situation in Afghanistan understood to be high on the agenda. He will reportedly attend the meeting virtually.

Earlier on Monday, the Russian president met Syrian leader Bashar Assad, and also attended military drills in Nizhny Novgorod with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and General Valery Gerasimov.


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