President Putin made a visit to a Moscow hospital last week to visit the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus. Putin donned a full hazmat suit for part of the visit but for other parts of the visit he wore a track suit over a t-shirt. His guide for the tour was Dr. Denis Protsenko who is sort of the Russian equivalent of Dr. Fauci. He’s the doctor who has been giving updates on Russian television. Today, Protsenko announced on Facebook that he had tested positive for the virus, but a spokesman for Putin was quick to downplay any concern:
Last Tuesday Denis Protsenko met with the Russian leader who inspected the Kommunarka hospital while wearing a bright yellow hazmat suit. But the 67-year-old Putin was also seen talking to Protsenko without any protective gear.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov swiftly told Russian news agencies that Putin took regular tests and there was no reason to worry about his health.
“Everything is fine,” Peskov said.
You can see Putin and Protsenko talking and getting on an elevator together in this brief video: