Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian prime minister, who was tasked by President Vladimir Putin with leading the response to the country’s coronavirus outbreak, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and will self-isolate.
Mishustin, Russia’s most-high profile Covid-19 patient so far, disclosed the diagnosis during a televised video call with President Putin on Thursday evening.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia passed 100,000 on Thursday.
The first deputy prime minister, Andrei Belousov, would take on Mishustin’s duties in his absence, Putin said.
It is unlikely that Mishustin has been in direct contact with Putin in recent weeks.