doctor who met Putin last week diagnosed with COVID-19


Moscow: A doctor who gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital last week said on Tuesday he had himself been diagnosed with the virus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kommunarka hospital's chief Denis Protsenko, right, walk in to the hospital for coronavirus patients on March 23.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kommunarka hospital’s chief Denis Protsenko, right, walk in to the hospital for coronavirus patients on March 23.Credit:AP

Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital last Tuesday where he chatted to the doctor, Denis Protsenko. Neither man was wearing protective equipment during their conversation, TV footage from the visit showed.

Protsenko, writing on Facebook said: “Yes, I have tested positive for coronavirus, but I feel pretty good. I’ve isolated myself in my office. I think the immunity I’ve developed this month is doing its job.”

The Kremlin said that Putin was being regularly tested for coronavirus and that “everything is okay,” the RIA news agency reported.