Top Moscow Doctor Tests Positive for CCP Virus, Recently Shook Putin’s Hand

MOSCOW—The chief doctor of Moscow’s top hospital for CCP virus patients says he’s tested positive, a statement that comes a week after his encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital a week ago and met with its chief doctor Denis Protsenko. The doctor says he’s feeling OK and self-isolated in his office.

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

Putin wore a business suit and shook hands with Protsenko before the meeting, drawing a buzz on social networks over his neglect of safety precautions.

Later that day, Putin put on a yellow protective suit and mask to visit the rooms with patients.

Putin in mask
Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for CCP virus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, on March 24, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

On Tuesday, Russia had 500 confirmed cases of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, in the biggest spike since the start of the outbreak. The country has 2,337 cases so far.

NTD staff contributed to this report