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Moscow doctor who shook Putin's hand tests positive

Moscow doctor who shook Putin's hand tests positive
The chief doctor of Moscow's top hospital for coronavirus patients said Tuesday that he has tested positive.
The statement by Denis Protsenko comes a week after his encounter with President Vladimir Putin.
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Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital a week ago, where he met Protsenko. Protsenko who said he was 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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The president 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 on that day Putin put on a yellow protective suit and mask to visit the rooms for patients and talk to some of them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, wearing a protective suit enters a hall during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka settlement, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) (AP/AAP)
Russia registered 500 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Tuesday in the biggest spike since the beginning of the outbreak that brought the country's total to 2337 cases.
– Reported with Associated Press.
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