In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Protsenko said that the arrival of the head of state was an absolute surprise.

“That day in the morning I was at the Sklifosovsky Institute, we had a joint tour with Academician Sergei Petrikov, the director of Sklif,” he noted.

According to him, returning to Kommunarka, he saw the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin and other officials in the hospital. Then the president came to the hospital.

“They said to me:“ What are you standing for? Go receive a guest. " Aurus drove up, and then I fully understood everything, ”said Protsenko.

Putin visited the hospital in Kommunarka on March 24.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Putin's decision to visit the hospital in Kommunarka, where patients with suspected coronavirus are kept, was unexpected.