Denis Protesenko, the head of the hospital in Moscow’s Kommunarka area where critical COVID-19 patients are treated, has been tested positively for coronavirus, Russian state media reported on March 31.
Protesenko has been one of the first Russian medics that started working to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. He remains in the hospital and continues leading the work to save lives of patients even now, when he’s placed on quarantine.
Earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin recently visited the hospital and met with its personnel. Commenting on the reports, the Kremlin said that the president is regularly being tested for coronavirus and that “everything is okay”.
The Russian capital, as well as the Moscow Region, previously introduced severe quarantine measures in order to curb the pandemic. President Vladimir Putin also urged people to stay at home, ordering a week with paid leave from 28 March to 5 April.
The head of the hospital in Kommunarka, Moscow, where people with COVID-19 are being treated, Denis Protsenko, has himself been diagnosed with the virus, according to the broadcaster Rossiya24. Later in the day, the medic confirmed that he had tested positive.
Since the doctor recently met with Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has addressed the reports, stressing that the president is regularly being tested for coronavirus and that “everything is okay”.
At the moment, Russia is managing to maintain relatively low numbers of infected with 2,337 confirmed cases and 8 fatalities.
The country was among the first to introduce travel restrictions with China back in January and has since promoted self-isolation in order to stop the outbreak of COVID-19.
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