MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, and his wife, Tatyana Navka, have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in the hospital being treated for COVID-19.
"Yes, I've gotten sick. I'm being treated," Russian media quoted Peskov as saying on May 12.
Peskov's wife told the news website Daily Storm that she also tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the hospital with her husband.
Peskov is the latest high-ranking Russian official to test positive for the virus, which has also infected Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova, and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev.
The last time Peskov was seen in public was on April 30, the day Mishustin announced he had tested positive.
The announcement comes just a day after Putin said Russia had been successful in slowing the rate of infections and announced an easing of some of the nationwide lockdown restrictions instituted to slow the pace of the outbreak.