AFP has reported that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said he tested positive for coronavirus and will self-isolate to protect other cabinet members. In a video meeting with President Vladimr Putin on Thursday, the Prime Minister stated that “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,” he said, promising to be in constant contact “on all the main issues.” He further suggested that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousovtakes his place as an “acting” prime minister.
In a reassuring gesture, the President told him: “What is happening to you now can happen to anyone.” “I hope that you stay able to work and will actively participate” in government decision-making.
“Without your opinions and your participation these decisions will not be made,” Putin told Mishustin, wishing him a quick recovery.