Russian Premier Mishustin Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said he just learned he has tested positive for coronavirus and is temporarily stepping down, becoming the most senior Russian official to be diagnosed with the illness.
“The tests I did for coronavirus came back positive,” Mishustin said in a televised video conversation with President Vladimir Putin. “As a result, I must observe self-isolation and fulfill my doctors’ orders, which is necessary to protect my colleagues.”
The Russian leader accepted his suggestion that First Deputy Premier Andrey Belousov be named acting prime minister during Mishustin’s absence. Putin said he will still seek Mishustin’s approval for decisions on economic policy while he’s in isolation. “I plan to remain in active contact by telephone and videolink,” Mishustin said.
Mishustin, who showed no apparent symptoms of the virus during his brief appearance, said he will be going to hospital later Thursday. He and other Russian officials, including Putin, have been conducting public meetings by video link in recent weeks. Mishustin spokesman Boris Belyakov said those who had been in contact with the prime minister recently would also be isolated and tested.
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