Russia's prime minister has coronavirus: report

Russia's prime minister has coronavirus: report
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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, according to The Moscow Times.

Mishustin announced the diagnosis on a video conference call with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinIn a new cold war with China, America may need to befriend Russia Here's why reporters are not asking the White House about 'Obamagate' Postponed Russian World War II victory parade now set for June MORE on the country's state-run Rossiya 24 TV channel.

Since becoming the prime minister in January, Mishustin, 54, has played a central role in leading Russia's response to the pandemic, but he is now self-isolating and taking a temporary step back from his duties as prime minister.

Putin signed a decree Thursday appointing First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov as acting prime minister.

The news comes as Russia's total number of confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 after the country experienced a record one-day surge in new cases. More than 1,000 people in Russia have died from the disease.