Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Speaking on a televised video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Mishustin said;
“I have just learned that the test on the coronavirus I took was positive,”
“I have to observe self-isolation and follow orders of doctors. This is necessary to protect my colleagues,”
Mr Putin has thanked the Prime Minister for his work so far and said “what’s happening to you can happen to anyone”.
Mr Mishustin has only been in office as Prime Minister since 16 January, previously serving as the Director of the Federal Tax Service for nearly a decade. Mishustin was nominated to be Prime Minister by President Vladimir Putin on 15 January, after Dmitry Medvedev resigned, along with the rest of the government on the same day.
The Prime Minister’s press secretary has said that everyone who has had face-to-face contact with Mishustin in the past few weeks will be isolated and treated for the virus.
It is understood that Mishustin will continue some work from hospital, and that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov will stand-in his place where required.
According to the latest figures, over 114,000 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Russia, and over 1,100 people have died after contracting the virus.