Published on : 16/09/2021 – 10:06
Russian President Vladimir Putin had to isolate himself and cancel his participation in several summits after learning that several members of his entourage had contracted Covid-19.
Dozens of people around Vladimir Putin are infected with Covid-19, the Russian president said Thursday, September 16, forcing him to self-isolate. An announcement that illustrates Russia’s difficulties in stemming the epidemic.
“In my entourage […] it is not one, not two, but several dozen people who have fallen ill from Covid-19 “, he said, during a meeting by videoconference at the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty, which holds summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Vladimir Putin added that he will have to remain in solitary confinement “for several more days”.
The isolated chair
He revealed on Tuesday that he had to isolate himself and cancel his participation in several summits after having been in contact with a collaborator sick with Covid-19. Immune for nearly six months by the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, Vladimir Poutine then said “to hope that everything will go as it should” and that this vaccine “will really demonstrate its high level of protection.”
The master of the Kremlin had only recently taken up events in public. Until a few weeks ago, the overwhelming majority of his engagements were made by video and the few people who could meet him had to undergo a period of isolation.
Russia is one of the states in the world where the epidemic has claimed the most lives, and vaccination, amid mistrust of the authorities, is lagging behind. The country has been particularly bereaved by the Delta variant, which has been wreaking havoc since June. According to the statistics agency Rosstat, some 350,000 Russians had died from Covid-19 by the end of July 2021. According to a count from the Gogov site, only 27.5% of Russians have been fully vaccinated to date.