‘Everything is fine!’ says the narrator. After a coughing attack on live television, Putin says he doesn’t have Covid.
VLADIMIR PUTIN has assured that “everything is alright” following reports that he had a coughing fit on television.
Despite coughing throughout a public conference broadcast live on national television, Vladimir Putin, 69, maintains he has not contracted Covid. Mr Putin, who has been President of Russia for nearly two decades, then held a meeting with national security officials, during which he insisted on being tested for a number of ailments, including coronavirus.
“Don’t worry,” he assured her, “everything is great.”
“They run tests on a daily basis, not just for COVID-19, but for all other illnesses as well, and everything is fine.”
According to The Star, Valentina Matviyenko, the Russian Federation’s first female speaker, looked particularly concerned about her long-time ally’s coughing fit. Matviyenko was chosen as the Russian Federation’s first female speaker in 2012.
“Everyone became concerned,” she explained.
“I was out in the cool air and moving around energetically but nothing horrible is happening,” Russian President Vladimir Putin promptly interjected after Ms Matviyenko raised her fears, stating, “I was out in the cool air and moving around aggressively but nothing terrible is happening.”
“I know you’re all vaccinated,” he said, adding, “but don’t forget to get revaccinated.”
This isn’t the first time that Putin’s health has been raised as a concern.
It was also reported in November 2020 that a Kremlin-funded TV network edited out the worst of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s coughing fit at another aired conference.
Mr Putin is also rumored to have Parkinson’s illness, which could force him to step down in the near future.
Last month, Putin was obliged to go into self-isolation when hundreds of Kremlin employees tested positive for COVID-19.
COVID-19 infection is at an all-time high in Russia, with 28,190 new cases reported on Tuesday.
According to official figures, the total number of people who have died as a result of the virus in Russia has recently topped 219,000.
Despite these statistics, CNBC says that only around a third of Russia’s 144 million people are properly immunized.
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has not been certified by the World Health Organization, and Putin’s administration has imposed its own restriction on foreign-made dosages.
According to Euronews, this has prompted many Russians to travel to Serbia, a former Soviet satellite state, in order to obtain Western-made vaccines.