Russian PM says tested positive for coronavirus

# 20:50
30 April 2020

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that he has contracted the coronavirus during talks with President Vladimir Putin, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Mishustin announced that he will remain in self-isolation for the time being, but added that his cabinet will continue to operate and that he will stay in touch.

The PM also suggested that his first deputy, Andrey Belousov, be appointed as acting prime minister until he gets well and is able to fully return to work. Putin has accepted Belousov's candidacy and wished Mishustin to get well as soon as possible.

His first deputy, Andrey Belousov, will be filling in for him in his position, but the final decision on economic aid to Russian citizens will be cleared with the prime minister.