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Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has the coronavirus

Faith leader is reportedly 'under medical supervision' and that his 'health is out of danger'

Rabbi Berel Lazar meeting with Russian president Putin
Rabbi Berel Lazar meeting with Russian president Putin

Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has contracted the coronavirus.

The Russian News Agency TASS reported on Sunday that the rabbi is “under medical supervision,” and that his “health is out of danger,” citing the rabbi’s press service.

A total of 467,673 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia as of Sunday morning, with 5,859 fatalities nationwide.

Lazar, 56, is known to have close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has served as chief rabbi of the country for some 20 years.

By mid-March, Lazar had closed down all Moscow synagogues and Jewish institutions. A week later he closed all Jewish institutions throughout the country, the Times of Israel reported.

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