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Disinfection Tunnels Installed to Protect Putin from Coronavirus

Wed 17 Jun 2020 | 11:42 PM
Yara Sameh

Disinfection tunnels have been installed to protect Russian president Vladimir Putin from Coronavirus.

The tunnels, manufactured by a Russian company based in Penza, have been set up at the Russian president's main Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow and the Kremlin.

They will douse the Russian president visitors with a mist of antibacterial solution, from above and the sides, which will ensure their clothes and any exposed skin, are covered with the disinfectant, according to the state-controlled RIA news agency.

The tunnels had been set up to coincide with Russia reaching the peak of its coronavirus outbreak, which is now said to have passed," Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

He pointed out that the extra precaution for the president is "completely justified".

Putin has spent little time at the Kremlin during the pandemic, and instead opted to chair video conferences and run the country from his residence, outside of the capital.

In April, Peskov stated that anyone meeting Putin would undergo a coronavirus test first.

Russia has the third-highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the globe, behind the US and Brazil, having reporting over half a million cases and about 7,478 deaths.

Lockdown restrictions are now being eased in Moscow as officials say the city has passed the peak of the virus, however, some measures at the Kremlin remains.


More about coronavirus

The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, and has infected more than one million people and killed over 234,139 worldwide. It also hit several celebrities and top political figures around the world.

The global pandemic, like everyone around the globe, had infected many famous personalities who have gone public with their results, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie, and the Universal Music chairman and CEO Lucian Graingem who was admitted into the hospital to be treated for the virus.

The virus is a new member of the Coronaviruses group, which was never identified in humans. The viruses’ family also includes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), which cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Humans and animals such as mammals and birds can be affected by the disease.

The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”.

On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19, taken from the words “corona”, “virus” and “disease”.

In December 2019, an outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China. On 31 December 2019, the outbreak was traced to a novel strain of coronavirus, which was given the interim name 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was later renamed SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.


On March 11, WHO declared the virus a global pandemic as the new virus has rapidly spread to more than 800,000 people from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

Transmission of viruses between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough.

Coronavirus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

It is known that older people appear to be more vulnerable to the effects of the emerging virus.

The virus caused complete paralysis in all activities and events with large gatherings worldwide due to concerns over the spread of the virus.

The pandemic also shut down the production of many TV shows, movies, music concerts, film, and music festivals, around the globe.

People across the globe partake in self-isolation for 14 days as an effective precautionary measure to protect those around them and themselves from contracting COVID-19.