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Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin tests positive for Covid-19

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin

President Putin signed an order appointing First Deputy PM Andrei Belousov as Mishustin’s temporary replacement. Putin reportedly told Mishustin that Covid-19 “can happen to anyone” and that no major decisions would be taken without his inputs.

“I hope that you stay able to work. “Call me as soon as you arrive to the hospital,” Putin told Mishustin, who is the top most Russian official to have contracted the virus. However,The Russian president has kept himself largely isolated avoiding any in-person meetings, the AFP reported quoting the Kremlin website. He was last spotted with Mishustin on March 24.

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