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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin 54, has tested positive for the lethal disease Covid19.
Mishustin on Thursday informed his boss President Vladimir Putin of his health status and asked to step down temporarily while he recovers.
Mishustin, suggested that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov serve as acting prime minister in his stead.
“I have found out that the coronavirus tests I had done returned with a positive result, “I need to self-isolate, and follow doctors’ instructions. This is necessary for the safety of my colleagues.” Mishustin said.
Russia’s nationwide tally of confirmed coronavirus cases surged past the 100,000 mark earlier on Thursday after a record daily rise in new infections.
Russia this week overtook China and Iran in the number of confirmed cases of Covid19.
Putin appointed Mishustin as Prime Minister in January.