Vladimir Putin refuses to self-isolate after shaking hands with doctor who now has COVID-19

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Published on 31 Mar 2020, 18:30
FEARS have been raised for Vladimir Putin’s health after he shook hands with Russia’s top coronavirus doctor, who has now tested positive for the disease.

The 67-year-old Russian president visited a hospital last Tuesday, where he chatted to Denis Protsenko but neither man was wearing protective clothing, TV footage shows.

Russia has so far seen 2,337 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths, and says the virus has spread to 73 of its more than 80 regions.

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

Pictures were later released showing him in a meeting with the head of a bank today.

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