Listen Now: Putin’s Presidential Disinfectant Tunnels
Most people are taking precautions to protect themselves and their family from the coronavirus… and then there’s Putin.
Masks, gloves and hand sanitizers are a common sight at homes and places of business. But the leader of Russia is taking things a bit further with his personal protection. Anyone meeting with him at his country home must walk-through a device that sprays them with disinfectant from above and from each side.
A spokesman for the president said two of the disinfectant machines were also installed in the Kremlin at the height of the threat. When the number of cases rose, the president’s staff contacted a manufacturing company that specialised in automatic cleaning equipment. Besides spraying people down, the device includes facial recognition technology and can take someone’s temperature.
In addition, the device checks out anyone who comes into contact with Putin, including taking a virus test. And Putin is mainly holding video conference calls. But his drastic measures aren’t impressing many people who say they aren’t getting the same treatment. Citizens want the devices installed in public places, but it’s not looking good.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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