- Dr Dennis Protsenko, the man in charge of managing COVID-19 in Russia, met and chatted with President Putin last week
- On Tuesday March 31, Russia reported a 27% increase in coronavirus infections overnight, with Dr Protsenko said to be infected
- Globally, over 860,000 cases of the pandemic have been registered with 42,000 lives claimed as of Wednesday, April 1
A doctor who was said to have led Russian President Vladimir Putin on a tour of the country's main coronavirus hospital on Tuesday, March 24, has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
As seen in photographs and a video, Dennis Protsenko interacted with Putin when he visited the Kommunarka Hospital.
Neither of the two men wore protective equipment when they met and throughout the period they discussed. They even shook hands according to a report by Bloomberg on Tuesday, March 31.
Protsenko confirmed the incident on his Facebook page.
“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," he said.
Another video shared on Facebook showed the duo walking together side by side in the hospital.
"Dr Dennis Protsenko who gave the tour of COVID-19 hospital in Moscow, to my man Putin, has tested positive for the virus.
They both were together and shook hands," a social media user Jahangir Ghafoor said as he shared the video.
On Tuesday March 31, Russia reported a 27% increase in coronavirus infections overnight, bringing the total number of people infected to 2,337.
In his meeting with the tough-talking president, Dr Protsenko said Russia should brace for the spread of the disease as he likened the situation to the one in Italy where over 105,000 cases have been reported with at least 12,000 deaths.
Globally, over 860,000 cases of the pandemic have been registered with 42,000 lives claimed as of Wednesday, April 1.
Legit.ng earlier reported that many people continue to put themselves at great risk to save lives in this outbreak. Most of those doing that are medical officials who are getting overworked as cases of COVID-19 soar.
Michael Pitts, a father, has shared a moving story of his daughter who is among strained medics who have been attending to the needs of others instead of theirs.
He said that when he texted his oldest daughter to check up on her, she sent him a picture of her in the hospital, fully kitted in the COVID-19 response garb.
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