Russian finance minister self-isolates as COVID-19 cases rise
MOSCOW, Oct. 5 (Reuters) – Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov in isolation, the head of the upper house of parliament said on Tuesday as COVID-19 cases in the country soared and a record number of deaths per day was recorded.
“We wish you to recover as quickly as possible and to come out of the self-isolation regime,” Valentina Matvienko told Siluanov who joined the budget hearings in the upper house of parliament via a video link.
Matvienko did not explicitly say Siluanov was self-isolating due to COVID-19, days after President Vladimir Putin ended his two-week self-isolation after dozens of people around him were fell ill with the new coronavirus.
The finance ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Siluanov’s health.
Russian authorities have repeatedly urged people to get vaccinated, saying it was the only way to stop the spread of the virus and promising not to impose lockdown.
In the past 24 hours, at least 895 people have died from COVID-19 in Russia, the highest number recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
Report by Andrey Ostroukh, edited by Ed Osmond
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