Russian Federation is now reporting more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any country except the U.S, after a surge in cases vaulted it past both Spain and the U.K. In another new development, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov has confirmed he's being treated for COVID-19.
"Yes, I have fallen ill", Peskov said via the state media after word got out that he is in the hospital. "Receiving treatment", Peskov told the Russian news agency Interfax on Tuesday, adding that he was in a hospital.
Peskov said he last saw Putin face-to-face over a month ago.
Peskov made his last public appearance on April 30 at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on April 30 that he was infected.
Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev, as well as one of his deputies, have also tested positive with the virus.
With over 242,000 reported cases, Russian Federation now ranks second in the world after the United States in total confirmed infections.
News about Peskov's condition and a spike in coronavirus cases comes one day after Putin led a high-profile discussion about how Russian Federation might be able to begin emerging from a broad economic shutdown that began on March 30. - President Vladimir Putin on May 11, 2020 said Russia's non-working period imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted from May 12.
The hospitalization of Peskov happened a day after Putin announced those in factories and construction may return to work Tuesday.
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It has been declining since 2018, when he rolled out an unpopular reform that raised the retirement age for Russians, and polls indicate support is now at its lowest since 2013.
The country's cases continue to rise significantly day-to-day, although the rate is mostly stable.
"Let's remember this", opposition politician Alexei Navalny tweeted after Putin's speech.
Today, health officials once again reported nearly 11,000 new infections.
Health officials say they are investigating the safety of ventilators after the fires in intensive care units, apparently due to machines malfunctioning, killed a total of six people in the past four days.
He has been the Kremlin's feisty voice in denying Russia's involvement in various worldwide scandals, such as the inference in the 2016 USA election, the poisoning of Russia's ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, and recent allegations of Russian security services plotting to poison Czech officials.
In late March, Putin was photographed shaking hands with Dr. Denis Protsenko, head of Moscow's top hospital for CCP virus patients.
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