Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Russian Premier Mishustin Tests Positive for Coronavirus

  • Highest-ranking Russian official to be infected so far
  • First Deputy Prime Minister Belousov named as acting premier
Video player cover image
How it Feels to Catch the Coronavirus
Updated on

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said he just learned he has tested positive for coronavirus and is temporarily stepping down, becoming the most senior Russian official to be diagnosed with the illness.

“The tests I did for coronavirus came back positive,” Mishustin said in a televised video conversation with President Vladimir Putin. “As a result, I must observe self-isolation and fulfill my doctors’ orders, which is necessary to protect my colleagues.”