Russian doctor who shook hands with Putin last week has coronavirus

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A Russian doctor who gave President Vladimir Putin a tour of a hospital that is treating coronavirus patients now says he has contracted the sickness.

Denis Protsenko, who works at Hospital No. 40 near Moscow, was photographed shaking hands with Putin last Tuesday while not wearing any protective gear.

“Yes, I have a positive test but feeling pretty good,” Protsenko wrote in a Facebook post today, adding that he is now self-quarantining in his office.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right shakes hands with Denis Protsenko during his visit to a hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. (AP/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right shakes hands with Denis Protsenko during his visit to a hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. (AP/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo)

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There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin on whether Putin had undergone a coronavirus test following Protsenko’s announcement.

It previously has said though that Putin is regularly tested for COVID-19 and “everything is okay”, Reuters reports, citing the RIA news agency.

During one point of Putin’s hospital visit, the strongman put on a yellow protective suit and mask before stepping into rooms with coronavirus-positive patients.

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The president wore a business suit and shook hands with Protsenko before the meeting, drawing a buzz on social networks over his neglect of safety precautions. (AP/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo)

The president wore a business suit and shook hands with Protsenko before the meeting, drawing a buzz on social networks over his neglect of safety precautions. (AP/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo)

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On Tuesday, Russia confirmed 500 additional cases of the coronavirus in the biggest spike since the start of the outbreak. The country has 2,337 cases so far.

The Kremlin said Friday that one person in Putin’s administration is among that group, but the president did not come in contact with him, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.