New Delhi: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Thursday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus. As per media report, he has informed President Vladimir Putin he will go for self-isolation for 14 days. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Russia to Consider Gradual End to Coronavirus Quarantines From May 12
And in his place, first Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov will temporarily perform his duties. However, Mishustin will stay in touch on key issues. Mishustin, who was appointed in January this year as the prime minister, is the highest-ranking Russian official to be diagnosed with the virus. Also Read - Coronavirus Slams Russia, Africa, India as Global Cases Reach 5 Lakh
During a video call, President Vladimir Putin hoped that Mishustin would continue taking part in drafting policies to shore up the Russian economy, which has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of the administration, the prime minister oversees the economy in Russia and answers to the president.
However, it was not immediately clear when Putin had last met Mishustin in person. As per report, the Russian president has minimised official meetings and switched to holding video conferences with officials because of the coronavirus pandemic.