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Russia’s Prime Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the country's media reported on April 30.

According to VOV reported in a video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said he SARS-CoV positive for-2. He will follow the self-isolation regime and follow the instructions of the doctors in accordance with the regulations of the Russian Federal Surveillance and Consumer Health Protection Agency.

Mishustin has also proposed First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov to temporarily run the government during his illness. The government will continue to work as usual. On April 30, President Putin signed the Ordinance on the appointment of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Belousov, to serve as Acting Prime Minister of Russia.

On April 30, the case of Covid-19  in Russia exceeded 100,000. According to Russia's nCoV Crisis Management Center, this is the highest daily increase since the outbreak in the country.

Russia has now become the 8th country in the world to have more than 100,000 people infected with nCoV. More than half of new infections have been reported in Moscow and surrounding areas.

Krelin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on April 30 called on people to stay home during the holiday season in early May, expressing hope that the blockade measures will help Russia curb the spread of the epidemic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on April 28 that the extended pay holiday will end until May 11 because the country has not yet reached its peak, though "the number of new daily infections is relatively stable." 

He asked localities to continue to strictly maintain community isolation, saying Russia could gradually relax restrictions from May 12, depending on the pandemic situation.

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