Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has reportedly been hospitalised with Covid-19. The news was confirmed by state news feeds late on Tuesday.
In its penetration of Russia, novel coronavirus has refused to spare the political class — infecting prime minister Mikhail Mishustin to culture minister Olga Lyubimova and construction minister Vladimir Yakushev.
Russia’s longtime president has spent the last month isolated and mostly hidden from public view in his out-of-Moscow residence. But the illness of one of his closest lieutenants is likely to raise questions about his own health.
On Monday, the Russian president signalled a limited return to work, but the order seemed to go against epidemiological data showing Russia’s crisis is far from over. Rising by another 10,000 cases overnight, the current total of proven coronavirus cases in country stands at more than 232,000 — making Russia, on these parameters, the second-worst affected country in the world.