27 Jan 2020 20:41

Mishustin orders organization of operational HQ for interaction between relevant executive authorities in connection with coronavirus

MOSCOW. Jan 27 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has chaired a meeting on the control and prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

"At the meeting, the head of government ordered setting up an operational headquarters for interaction between relevant bodies of executive authorities, which is to be comprised of participants of the meeting and top officials of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Interior Ministry, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Rospotrebnadzor [the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing] was also tasked with drawing up a plan for the control and prevention of the spread of the coronavirus infection within the next two days," a statement published on the Russian government website said.

Additionally, Mishustin "ordered that he be kept up-to-date as to the results of monitoring of the situation for regular reports to the Russian president," the statement said.

"Participants of the meeting discussed measures to prevent the spread of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, as well as the organization of precautionary measures for prevention of the infection. At the same time, they noted that not a single case of coronavirus has been detected in Russia thus far," the statement said.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Government Chief of Staff Dmitry Grigorenko, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova, and Aeroflot Director General Vitaly Savelyev.