Russian President Vladimir Putin is protected by a special disinfection tunnel from the new type of corona virus that everyone who visits his residence outside Moscow has to pass through, the state-controlled news agency RIA reported on Tuesday.
The special tunnel, manufactured by a Russian company based in Penza, was installed in its official Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, where it receives visitors.
Demonstration footage of the tunnel published by RIA showed masked people walking through the tunnel and being sprayed with disinfectant from the ceiling and sides.
The Russian news agency described the disinfectant as a fine cloud of liquid that covered people's clothing and any exposed torso.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said in April that everyone who met Putin was tested for the novel virus. A month later, Peskov said he was infected himself.
Russia has recorded over 500,000 infections, the third highest number of cases worldwide after Brazil and the United States, which it attributes to a massive testing program.
Russia has registered 7,284 deaths so far – fewer than many other countries. Critics doubt the accuracy of the mortality rate.
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