Coronavirus: Top Doctor Who Shook Putin’s Hand Tests Positive

A picture taken on March 24, 2020 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shaking hands with the head of Moscow's new hospital treating coronavirus (COVID-19) patients Denis Protsenko during his visit to Kommunarka hospital in Moscow. - The head of Moscow's main coronavirus hospital who met with President Vladimir Putin a week ago has tested positive to the COVID-19, he said on March 31, as the Kremlin announced the Russian leader's health was fine. Denis Protsenko met with the Russian leader who inspected the Kommunarka hospital while wearing a bright yellow hazmat suit. But the 67-year-old Putin was also seen talking to Protsenko without any protective gear. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP)
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Denis Protsenko, the chief doctor of Moscow’s top hospital for coronavirus patients, confirmed he has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, a statement that comes a week after he shook hands with President Vladimir Putin.

Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital a week ago and met with its chief Protsenko. The doctor said he is feeling okay and self-isolated in his office.

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

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