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Putin in Self-Isolation After Aides Are Infected With Virus

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is self-isolating due to coronavirus instances in his internal circle, the Kremlin stated on Tuesday.

Mr. Putin canceled a deliberate journey to Tajikistan this week for a summit with leaders from Central Asia and former Soviet international locations, the Kremlin stated, describing a telephone name that Mr. Putin had with Emomali Rahmon, the Tajik president.

“Vladimir Putin stated that in reference to recognized instances of the coronavirus in his atmosphere, he should observe self-isolation for a sure time period,” the assertion stated.

Mr. Putin stated earlier this 12 months that he had been vaccinated with the two-dose routine of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. However he has continued to be terribly cautious in his public appearances, typically requiring individuals he meets to quarantine beforehand.

Mr. Putin signaled on Monday that he might need to self-isolate due to attainable coronavirus publicity, though some Russian information retailers interpreted his feedback as a joke.

“Even round me, there are issues with this Covid factor,” he stated in an off-the-cuff dialog with Paralympic athletes at an occasion on the Kremlin that was broadcast by state media. “I feel I might need to quarantine quickly, myself.”

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