Doctor who met Russian President Putin last week ‘tests positive’

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Doctor who met Russian PM Putin last week 'tests positive'

Doctor who met Russian President Putin last week ‘tests positive’

A doctor who gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital last week has been diagnosed with the virus.

Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital last Tuesday where he interacted with the doctor, Denis Protsenko.

They shook hands and neither of them were wearing protective equipment during their conversation, TV footage from the visit showed.

Putin has been regularly tested for coronavirus and everything is okay.

Protsenko has become a high-profile figure on the frontlines of Russia’s fight against COVID-19, posting daily on Facebook to inform Russians about his hospital’s work and patients.

Over the past 24 hours Russian authorities have reported 500 new cases — the biggest daily increase so far — bringing the total tally to 2,337 cases and 17 fatalities.