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Spokesman For President Putin Is Infected With COVID-19

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Putin, confirmed that he had been infected with Covid-19 and is currently being treated at a hospital.

Russian President Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on May 12 said he had tested positive for corona virus, according to Reuters. Russia's Interfax news agency said Peskov was being treated at a hospital.

According to TASS, Peskov said his last personal contact with President Putin was more than a month ago. Immediately after the news that Mr. Peskov was infected with Covid-19, the Kremlin announced that Putin's health was strictly protected, and that Russia would use the best medical treatments for the country's leader.

Mr Peskov, Putin's spokesman, is the latest senior government official infected with Covid-19 in Russia. Earlier, in late April, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was diagnosed positive for the new strain of corona virus. Mr. Mishutin has temporarily retired to receive treatment.

Putin, meanwhile, was informed to work remotely at his home outside Moscow. From there, Putin conducts many meetings and participates in online conferences. On May 12, Putin met face-to-face with Igor Sechin, the head of Rosneft Oil and Gas Corporation.

Russia is currently the third largest epidemic region in the world, after the US and Spain. On 12/5, Russia announced an additional 10,899 cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus and 107 deaths in the past 24 hours. This is the 10th consecutive day the case here at 10,000 people. The total number of Covid-19 positive cases   in Russia was 232,243. 

Russia has already conducted more than 5.8 million tests and is expected to increase capacity to 300,000 per day by mid-May. About 251,000 people there are under medical supervision.

Although the number of infections continues to rise, President Vladimir Putin announces that Russia's non-working period will end on May 12 with the entire sector of the economy, most Russian workers will return to work normal from tomorrow. 

The localities in Russia are allowed to devise different ways of fighting the epidemic and may retain the restrictive measures if necessary.

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