Russian Doctor who met Putin last week tests positive for coronavirus

Russian Doctor who met Putin last week tests positive for coronavirus

- Dr Dennis Protsenko, the man in charge of managing the pandemic in Russia, met and chatted with President Putin last week

- On Tuesday, Russia reported a 27% increase in coronavirus infections overnight, bringing the total number of people infected to 2,337

- Globally, over 880 000 cases of the pandemic have been confirmed

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A doctor who gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital on Tuesday, 24 March has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Dennis Protsenko interacted with Putin when he visited the Kommunarka Hospital.

Coronavirus: Russian doctor who met President Putin last week tests positive for COVID-19

President Vladimir Putin of Russia shakes hands with Dr Dennis Protsenko last Tuesday. Photo: Getty images.
Source: Getty Images

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Neither man was wearing protective equipment during their conversation and they even shook hands, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Protsenko confirmed the incident on his Facebook page.

Coronavirus: Russian doctor who met President Putin last week tests positive for COVID-19

Russian President Vladimir Putin (l) and the hospital’s chief Denis Protsenko, right, walk in to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. Photo: Kremlin Pool.
Source: UGC

“Yes, I have tested positive for coronavirus, but I feel pretty good. I’ve isolated myself in my office. I think the immunity I’ve developed this month is doing its job," he said.

Another video shared on Facebook showed the duo walking together side by side in the hospital.

"Dr Dennis Protsenko who gave the tour of Covid-19 hospital in Moscow, to my man Putin, has tested positive for the virus. They both were together and shook hands," a social media user Jahangir Ghafoor said as he shared the video.

On Tuesday, Russia reported a 27% increase in covid-19 infections overnight, bringing the total number of people infected to 2,337.

In his meeting with the tough-talking president, Dr Protsenko said Russia should brace for the spread of the disease as he likened the situation to the one in Italy where over 105,000 cases have been reported with at least 12,000 deaths.

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Globally, over 880 000 cases of the virus have been registered.

In Kenya, 59 cases have been reported by the Ministry of Health with one death and two recoveries.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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