The spokesman for Russian President told state-run news agency RIA Novosti that he has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus. Dmitry Peskov noted he had seen the President in person was “over a month ago.”
In Russia, a number of coronavirus cases are rising now. Earlier, three ministers have been tested positive for COVID-19. The Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin is still in the hospital, while Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova and Minister of Housing Vladimir Yakushev have already recovered from the novel infection.
Commenting on his hospitalization, Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin has largely been working from a residence in the Moscow region via videoconferencing, with only a few in-person meetings.
The last time Mr Peskov was seen in public was on April 30, the day PM Mishustin announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Russia is fighting against coronavirus
Dmitry Peskov’s wife, Tatiana Navka, has confirmed as well that she also tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the hospital with her husband.
Russia has struggled to contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 and now has more confirmed cases — 232,000 — than anywhere in the world outside of the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.
While the country’s official death toll is relatively low, with more than 2,000 fatalities reported, some critics and experts say the figure is almost certainly underestimated.
The Russian capital city’s mortality rate surged by 18% in April compared to the same month last year, as well as compared to the April average for the past decade, according to data released by the city’s civil register office.