Russian PM was tested positive for COVID-19

Russian PM was tested positive for COVID-19
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Mikhail Mishustin was diagnosed with coronavirus. This information was confirmed by the Prime Minister on national television. First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey Belousov was appointed acting head of the Cabinet of Ministers, Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree. According to the President, all the decisions on the measures to support the Russian economy will not be made without Mishustin's participation.

Mikhail Mishustin himself said that he will observe self-isolation and urged Russians to take the infection as seriously as possible and to stay at home.

Here's how the Prime Minister informed the President about the illness:

— Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, it has just become known that the tests that I passed for coronavirus gave a positive result. In this regard, and in accordance with the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor, I must observe self-isolation and comply with the doctors orders. This must be done to protect my colleagues. The government will continue to work normally, and I plan to remain in active contact with colleagues by phone and video on all major issues," Mishustin told Putin.

“What is happening to you now can happen to anyone. And I’ve always been saying this, " President Putin replied to Mishustin.

Appointed acting Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Andrey Belousov was born on March 17, 1959 in Moscow. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Board of the Ministry of Economy and a consultant to a number of Prime Ministers.

In 2000, he founded and headed the Center for macroeconomic analysis and short-term forecasting, on the basis of which he published a report where he predicted the economic crisis of 2008, pointed to a possible economic downturn in 2011-2012 and the failure of the public administration system in 2015-2017.

From June 17, 2015 to September 29, 2017, Andrey Belousov was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rosneft.

On January 21, 2020, he was appointed first Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation in the new government of Mikhail Mishustin.

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