Russian PM Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Cases Spike in Country

54-year-old Mishustin was named prime minister just four months ago, in January 2020.

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File photo of Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Mishustin (right).

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday, 30 April, reported news agency AP. He has told President Vladimir Putin that he will be in self-isolation.

Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov will temporarily perform Mishustin’s duties, the news agency reported, adding that the prime minister said that he would stay in touch on key issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished his Russian counterpart speedy recovery and good health.

Fifty-four-year-old Mishustin was named prime minister just four months ago, in January 2020. The prime minister is also reportedly the first prominent politician to be infected with the virus that has gripped the world.

"What's happening to you can happen to anyone, and I've always been saying this," Putin reportedly told Mishustin on a video call.

Russia recorded 7,099 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, spiking the total to 106,498 cases and 1,073 deaths, according to the government's daily coronavirus update.

(With inputs from AP)

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