Putin’s Spokesman Hospitalized For COVID-19

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov visits the Dream Island amusement park ahead of its upcoming inauguration in Moscow on February 27, 2020. (Photo by SHAMIL ZHUMATOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says he is hospitalized with the coronavirus.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday, “Yes, I’ve gotten sick. I’m being treated.”

The announcement comes just a day after Putin said Russia was successful in slowing down infections and announced easing some of the nationwide lockdown restrictions.

Russia has reported more than 232,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday. Hours before Putin made televised remarks Monday about ending the country’s partial economic lockdown, health officials reported a daily record of over 11,600 new cases..

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