The walk-through facility has been built into Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. The Russian leader has largely been working from the house via videoconference during the Covid-19 pandemic, with only a few in-person meetings.
The tunnel is designed to disinfect everyone passing through it with a “fine water mist,” the RIA report said.
The agency said the announcement about the installation of the tunnel was made by Ivan Belozertsev, governor of Russia’s Penza region.
Belozertsev said the technology was developed by a local company called Motor Technologies, which assembles washing equipment for cars and industrial applications, RIA reported.
In April, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that everyone meeting with the Russian president would be tested for coronavirus and that all such appointments would be held with social distancing in place.
Peskov himself was hospitalized with Covid-19 in May. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova and Minister of Housing Vladimir Yakushev have all previously tested positive for the virus.
Russia has recorded the third highest number of coronavirus cases globally. It has reported more than 550,000 infections and 7,400 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Observers have also questioned whether the country is under-reporting mortality figures from the deadly disease.