Vladimir Putin To Work Remotely After Meeting COVID-19 Infected Doctor

Elias Hubbard
April 1, 2020

Putin, 67, is now at the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow where he was due to hold a cabinet meeting by video conference today.

The Russian army on Sunday (22 March) began flying medical help to Italy to help it battle the new coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, a goodwill gesture that Moscow labelled "From Russia with Love".

Mr Putin also took a call from US President Donald Trump with the two leaders discussing cooperation on the coronavirus response, the Kremlin said, without giving specific details.

Putin will hold a government meeting later on Wednesday by video conference, the Kremlin said, a day after a doctor who met him last week said he had been diagnosed with the highly infectious virus.

Vladimir Putin donned a bright yellow hazmat suit for the visit last Tuesday to the hospital.

In his meeting with the tough-talking president, Dr Protsenko said Russian Federation 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.

"All of those who were with the president at Kommunarka are being tested daily for the coronavirus, ' Peskov added, after saying on Tuesday that 'everything is fine".

Russian Federation has registered a total of 2,337 cases of Covid-19 in 73 regions of the country as of Tuesday, including a daily record of 500 new cases in the last 24 hours, official data showed.

Most Moscow residents can leave their homes only to buy food or medicine nearby, get urgent medical treatment, walk the dog or empty their bins.

Eight southern Russian regions rolled out similar lockdown measures to Moscow on Wednesday, meaning more than 60 of Russia's more than 80 regions are now in a state of partial lockdown.

The app is still in the testing phase, an official, Eduard Lysenko, told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Authorities in Moscow unveiled a smartphone app created to keep tabs on people who have been ordered to stay at home because of the coronavirus, and Russian Federation on Wednesday expanded its lockdown to cover more of its sprawling territory.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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