"Yes, I've gotten sick. Receiving treatment", Peskov told the Russian news agency Interfax on Tuesday, adding that he was in a hospital.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with double pneumonia caused by the coronavirus and that he hadn't met in person with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a month.
Peskov said he had followed all recommended precautions to avoid infection, noting that people were wearing protective gear inside the Kremlin, work documents were getting sprayed with disinfectant and in-person meetings were few. Vladimir Yakushev, the Minister of Construction and Housing, was hospitalized with the virus on May 1 and Olga Lyubimova, the Minister of Culture, tested positive for the virus on May 6.
Russian factory and construction workers returned to their jobs for the first time Tuesday after a recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases pushed the country into the number two spot for worldwide coronavirus infections, second only to the United States.More news: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is now available on Flipkart
The news comes the day after President Putin eased the country's lockdown.
The president announced the end of six weeks of "non-working days" in a televised address on Monday.
Peskov, 52, has been Putin's spokesman since 2008 but began working him with in the early 2000s.
Mishandling the health crisis could hurt Putin's public approval after more than 20 years in power. It has been declining since 2018 when he rolled out an unpopular reform that raised the retirement age for Russians, and it is now at its lowest since 2013.
Moscow accounts for more than half of infections in Russian Federation, and the city authorities have said strict restrictions will remain in place until at least the end of May.More news: Trump 'surprised' by AG Barr's refusal to probe Obama over Russian Federation case
Kremlin critics say Putin's order to ease restrictions jeopardises the population's health and is motivated by a desire for the state not to have to stump up more economic support.
On Tuesday, health officials once again reported nearly 11,000 new infections. Another blaze Saturday at the Spasokukotsky Hospital in Moscow killed one patient.
The government says hospitals have enough ventilators to deal with the outbreak, and Putin said Monday that only "a small fraction" of Russia's ventilator stockpile is being used.
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