Chief Physician coronavirus patients at Kommunarka district hospital in Moscow, Denis Protsenko announced on Tuesday on Facebook that they had tested positive for coronavirus. This sparked a frenzy over the health of President Vladimir Putin while the two shared an elevator in the hospital and were nearby during the President's visit. Dr. Protsenko's Facebook post was translated into English by the Russian News Agency Tass.
However, photos of the president and dr. Protsenko began to circulate showing the pair shaking hands and standing with other staff and doctors.
The Kremlin has since released a statement insisting that the president has not tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "Vladimir Putin is regularly tested for coronavirus, everything is normal".
Sky News correspondent in Russia Diana Magnay questioned whether the Kremlin would reveal whether President Putin had contracted the disease.
"This is due to the fact that they are so different from what we are seeing in Europe and the United States.
"But this may be because of Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, who in early March set very strict quarantine requirements for people returning from affected countries."
At the time of writing, according to Johns Hopkins University, Russia had a total of 2,337 cases of coronavirus.
Of that number, 17 people died, while 121 recovered from the virus.