The Tass news agency said Kadyrov has "suspected coronavirus" and is "currently under medical observation". "Now (he) is under medical supervision", state news agency TASS reported. According to the news electrical outlet, Kadyrov was flown to "among [Moscow's] ideal facilities" on Wednesday after his flu-like signs all of a sudden degraded. As of May 21, Chechnya had officially reported 1,046 confirmed cases, and 11 fatalities from the disease.
The reports were contested by Akhmed Dudayev, the head of Chechnya's state-run TV channel, who wrote on Instagram that Kadyrov "is personally in control of the situation and taking all necessary measures". His father, Akhmad Kadyrov, won a disputed presidential vote and was killed in a bomb attack not long afterwards in 2004.
Coronavirus: Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov 'flown to Moscow hospital'
Both father and son had fought against Moscow during the first bloody separatist conflict in Chechnya from 1994-96 but switched sides to support the Kremlin when it launched a second war there in 1999 under the watch of then prime minister Putin.
After being appointed by Putin in 2017, Kadyrov has since turned the region into a personal fiefdom, developing a powerful national guard and a cult of personality.More news: Megan Fox in Machine Gun Kelly's music video
The Chechen leader has been strongly critical of medics in the republic who have complained of a lack of protective equipment.
Znak, citing an anonymous Telegram account which often breaks Russian political stories, said Kadyrov had been sick for a few days. In neighbouring Dagestan dozens of medics are reported to have died and doctors speak of hospitals full of patients, but the number of confirmed cases is low.More news: Hydroxychloroquine shows no coronavirus benefit, raises death risk
Russian Federation has recorded 317,554 coronavirus infections, the second-highest in the world after the USA, with 3,099 deaths nationwide.
He is the latest senior official to contract the virus after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and several ministers.More news: Tributes for White House veteran who served 11 presidents
Russian Federation has recorded far fewer deaths than other countries with large outbreaks, but critics have cast doubt on the low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting to play down the scale of the crisis.