The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, was hospitalized after being infected with the novel coronavirus.
The spokesman is one of several high-profile public figures who have tested positive for this highly contagious virus in Russia. He will now join the list, which includes Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who fell ill after contracting COVID-19.
There are now two prime ministers who have tested positive for COVID-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the first Prime Minister to be diagonalized with the virus.
The contagion rate is lower in Russia than in other European countries. However, in recent weeks, the nation has seen steady growth in new cases. According to worldmeters, over 232,243 cases and 2,116 deaths have been reported.
This puts Russia one position behind the United States, which today leads the world with over 1,402,275 cases and 83,123 deaths. Spain ranks second with over 269,520 positive cases and 26,920 deaths.
The news that Peskov has been hospitalized comes just a day after Putin’s end of a countrywide, non-working regime that has been in place since early April.
The Russian president called for an end to the regime, even when the country was still experiencing new cases. Over the past few days, an average of over 10,000 new cases has been registered across the country.
The 52-year-old Russian spokesman for the president confirmed by himself that he has fallen ill and is being treated. He has been in office since 2008 and has been working with Putin since 2000.
In this country, all COVID-19 positive patients who are asymptomatic can be isolated at home or on private property.
So there is some speculation about his condition for Peskov’s hospitalization, although this can be an early precaution.
According to an unclaimed source, Peskov was first seen on April 30 during the meeting with his boss, President Putin. It has not been explained whether the two shared a single room, as the president has been conducting all of his meetings through video conferencing, amid the fear of coronavirus.
The Russian President once attended a meeting with his coronavirus taskforce, when strictly protected with PPEs, and which made headlines in the media. Since then, the President has minimized the number of meetings and preferred to hold them by teleconferencing.
Although the president at the announcement of the end of the non-working regime, said that the nation had successfully managed to slow the rate of infection, Peskov’s stance is twisting the story and may spark further speculation.
Given that Russia is now one of the hard-hit countries not only in Europe but worldwide, many disagree with the announcement that of easing the lockdown. Many are to the point that it is too early.
Even with such positive cases, mortality rates remain comparatively much lower than in many other countries with many cases.
In addition, many world countries have considered easing lockdown measures to boost the economy. Others have considered the psychological and physical health effects that these restrictions cause for citizens.
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