Kremlin Spokesperson Diagnosed With Coronavirus As Russia Records Second-Highest Number of Cases After U.S.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday has been hospitalized for treatment for the novel coronavirus as Russia recorded the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world.

"Yes, I've gotten sick. I'm being treated," Peskov, the press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced to the press. Peskov's wife, Olympic ice dancing champion Tatiana Navka, told a local publication that she has also been hospitalized with the virus.

Peskov joins three other members of the Russian government to have already been infected with the novel coronavirus. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin told Putin during nationally televised videoconference call that he tested positive for COVID-19 on April 30. He is still undergoing treatment for the disease, according to reports. Vladimir Yakushev, the Minister of Construction and Housing, was hospitalized with the virus on May 1 and Olga Lyubimova, the Minister of Culture, tested positive for the virus on May 6.

Russia has 232,243 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, making it the second most infected country in the world behind the United States, which as of this publication has over 1.34 million confirmed cases. Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy round off the top five, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource center.

Russia reportedly has 2,116 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus and seen 45,512 recoveries, according to the country's coronavirus tracker. There have been over 5.8 million tests performed in the country thus far.

Putin announced Monday that the country would begin easing lockdown measures starting May 12 after six weeks of restrictions that closed down businesses in an attempt to the flatten the curve so as to not overwhelm the hospital systems, a move that the Russian president said saved "many thousands of lives," according to the BBC.

"Starting from tomorrow, May 12, the national period of non-working days will be over for all sectors of the economy," Putin said in an address to the nation. The president also said that as businesses begin to reopen, citizens "must not allow... a new wave of the epidemic and the growth of serious complications."

People were directed to continue wearing facemasks in public spaces and residents were told to continue to stay home unless they have to work or shop. Digital permits will still be required for those who travel by car, according to the BBC.

There over 4.2 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide and 286,940 deaths attributed to the disease, as well as over 1.4 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on May 11, 2020. - President Vladimir Putin on May 11, 2020 said Russia's non-working period imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted from May 12. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) Alexey Nikolsky/Getty