Russian President Vladimir Putin goes into self-isolation after aides test positive for COVID-19

Sept. 14 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into isolation after members in his orbit tested positive for COVID-19, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Putin’s office said the Russian leader has tested negative for the coronavirus and is in good health, but noted that his self-quarantine is a precautionary measure.

Officials noted that Putin came into contact with someone who tested positive.

“Vladimir Putin said that due to identified coronavirus cases in his inner circle he should observe self-isolation for some time,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

As a result of the new cases, Putin will now attend a Central Asian security summit in Tajikistan this week via video conference.

Putin mentioned his quarantine during a phone call Tuesday with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Putin, who is inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, hinted at possible self-isolation on Monday and has required that everyone who meets with him face-to-face undergo a two-week quarantine.

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose on Tuesday by almost 18,000, the state-run Tass news agency reported. To date, the country has recorded almost 7.2 million cases.