30 Apr 2020 20:44

Mishustin says he has tested positive for coronavirus, Belousov to temporarily perform prime ministerial duties

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Moscow region. April 30 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said during a videoconference with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Mishustin said also that he proposed First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov temporarily perform prime ministerial duties for the time being.

"I've just learned that coronavirus tests that I've taken have proved positive. Considering this, and in line with [Russian Federal Service for Health and Consumer Rights] Rospotrebnadzor's requirements, I am supposed to remain in self-isolation and follow doctors' recommendations, which I have to do to safeguard my colleagues," Mishustin told Putin.

"The government will continue working in routine mode," Mishustin said. "I am planning to maintain active contact on all key matters with my colleagues and with you on the telephone and via a video link," Mishustin said.

"I propose Andrei Belousov's candidacy as acting [prime minister]," he said.

Putin supported the proposal.

"I accept your proposal concerning Andrei Removich Belousov's candidacy for acting prime minister, and I will sign a relevant decree today," Putin said.

The Kremlin press service said later that Putin has signed a decree on appointing Belousov acting prime minister.

The decree "stipulates that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin's duties shall be performed by Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov."

"The decree takes effect on the day of its signature," it says.