UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Kremlin announced Thursday that it has begun subjecting officials and journalists attending events attended by President Vladimir Putin to a thermal examination in light of fears of the emerging Coronavirus.
“This is a precautionary measure,” Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the official news agency RIA, after examining reporters in the Kremlin Thursday afternoon.
Peskov added that all those present at the meetings attended by the Russian leader will be examined.File AFP
“There are now new security measures in the Kremlin – one of them carries a thermal camera to measure your temperature,” said Anton Zelnov, a freelance TV reporter on his Facebook page.
The temperatures of all the journalists working in the Kremlin were taken before the start of the State Council meeting (an official consultative institution) on Thursday, and all of them were allowed in, according to the official news agency.
The agency quoted officials as saying that the measure was taken to prevent the spread of the new Corona virus in Russia.
Two cases of pandemic were confirmed in Russia, which shares a 4,000-km border with China. Both of the injured are Chinese citizens and receive treatment in a Siberian hospital.
Russia closed its land border with China and took other measures to halt the spread of the virus.
The Kremlin’s move is not surprising, as Putin has always sought to protect himself from health risks.
Last year, the Russian President brought his special cup at an official dinner at the G20 summit in Japan. This left a wave of satire on social media, saying that Putin suffers from paranoia.
A video of dinner showed the Russian leader, who has been in office for nearly 20 years, drinking from a white cup while other leaders drinking from regular drinking glasses.
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