Mishustin, the acting Prime Minister of Russia, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and has temporarily left his post. In his absence proposed the appointment of First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov. Putin supported his proposal.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin fell ill with a coronavirus infection COVID-19 and went into self-isolation. He reported this to President Vladimir Putin.
It just became known that the tests that I [had taken] for coronavirus gave a positive result. In this regard, and in accordance with the requirements of The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well being, I must observe self-isolation, this is necessary in order to protect my colleagues.said Mishustin, addressing Putin via video link.
The Prime Minister assured that the government will continue to work as usual, and proposed the appointment of First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov as acting head of the Cabinet. Putin supported the proposal.
What is happening to you now can happen to everyoneVladimir Putin
The Russian President also promised that he would continue to consult with Mishustin in making decisions on issues previously discussed with him.
“Without your opinion, without your participation, final decisions will not be made,” Putin said, wishing Mishustin a speedy recovery and asking him to call from the hospital.
In turn, Mishustin appealed to the Russians with a request to take their health as responsibly as possible during the May holidays.
A spokesman for the head of government, Boris Belyakov, said that all those who have personally been in contact with Mishustin recently will be isolated and undergo an additional examination. The spokesman did not name specific names, only noting that the prime minister’s personal contacts have been as limited as possible over the past few weeks.
The head of the Cabinet, according to Belyakov, will conduct self-isolation in one of the medical institutions under the supervision of doctors.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, commenting on the prime minister’s diagnosis, said that Mishustin regularly did tests for coronavirus.
A person who, as I know, is constantly being checked, is constantly trying to avoid unnecessary contacts and protect himself from this disease, nevertheless, you see what fact we have.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.