Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov hospitalized with coronavirus

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The Kremlin spokesman and close adviser for Russian President Vladimir Putin has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to Russian media reports. 

Dmitry Peskov, 52, who has been Putin’s spokesman since 2008, but started working with him in the early 2000s, told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday: “Yes, I’ve gotten sick. I’m being treated.”

Russians who test positive for COVID-19 but suffer only light or no symptoms are allowed to stay home. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Peskov’s hospitalization reflects the gravity of his condition or was an extra precaution, according to the Associated Press. 

Reporters from the Kremlin pool said on Twitter that Peskov was last seen in public on April 30 “at a meeting with Vladimir Putin.”

It was not clear whether it means the two were in the same room, as Putin has been conducting his meetings via teleconference in recent weeks. Peskov said he last met with Putin in-person over a month ago, Reuters reported, citing the TASS news agency. 

Since early in the outbreak, the Russian president minimized meetings and switched to holding daily video calls with Cabinet members and aides. Putin, who has been working remotely from his residence outside Moscow, did hold an in-person meeting Tuesday with Igor Sechin, the head of oil giant Rosneft, Reutersreported. 

It will be recalled that since early in the outbreak, the Russian President minimised meetings and switched to holding daily video calls with Cabinet members and aides. Putin, who has been working remotely from his residence outside Moscow, did hold an in-person meeting Tuesday with Igor Sechin, the head of oil giant Rosneft, Reutersreported. 

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