Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been diagnosed with Covid-19. The news was announced on Thursday evening, live on national television, during a video link with President Vladimir Putin.
First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov will step in as interim head of government during Mishustin’s recovery.
It appears Mishustin – who replaced Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister in January – received the result of his test while at work. Earlier in the day, he headed a governmental session, conducted remotely. His diagnosis makes him the second major world leader known to have contracted the infection – after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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WNU Editor: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been hands on in handling this pandemic in Russia. Cannot say that I am surprised that he is now infected.
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