Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has told President Vladimir Putin that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, and has temporarily resigned from his job when he begins self-isolating.
Mishustin recommended during a televised meeting that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov should become the acting Prime Minister for the duration of his absence, a proposal that Putin supported.
According to the Moscow Times, 54-year-old Mishustin played a leading role in & # 39; Russia's reaction to & # 39; a Candid-19 pandemic. He was appointed prime minister in January.
Following the news, Putin warned during a televised debate that what had happened to his prime minister could happen to anyone.
Another Russian news outlet, Proekt Investigative, said that any Russian ministers who were in contact with Mishustin are regularly checked for the virus, while staff members are required to wear face masks.
Mikhail Mishustin, Russia's prime minister, pictured taking part in a video conference in Moscow on April 28, has said he has tested positive for the coronavirus
Meanwhile, Russia's death toll reached 1,000 today and the total number of cases today broke down to 100,000 after another record day of new infections.
The 7,099 new cases – which passed the previous high of 6,411 on Tuesday – bring the total from 99,339 to 106,498, the eighth-highest number in the world.
The daily death toll was over 100 for the second day, with 101 new deaths bringing the total number from 972 to 1,073.
Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia & # 39; the most intense stage & # 39; of an epidemic coming in, to report drug shortages on protective equipment.
This graph shows the daily number of coronavirus cases in Russia, which reached a new peak of 7,099 today – bringing the total past 100,000
Russia's daily rate was above 100 for the second day, while the number of deaths today reached 1,000
Russia spanned 11 time zones, but the crisis has been most frequent in Moscow, which has 53,739 out of 106,498 cases – just over half.
Moscow has also seen 611 of the 1,073 deaths, while the region that surrounds the capital is responsible for another 93.
St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, has recorded 4,062 cases, while the Murmansk Arctic region has 1,227 cases.
In Siberia, the Krasnoyarsk region has also seen more than 1,000 cases, including 20 fatalities.
Official figures say that 11,619 people have recovered from & # 39; disease in Russia, but 93,806 cases are still considered & # 39; active & # 39; considered.
Russia is up on & # 39; table in confirmed cases, ahead of Iran and China this week to go in eighth – though there are doubts about & # 39; e figures from those countries.
However, Russia's death toll is low compared to many countries that have been hit hard, with only one death for every 100 confirmed cases.
The equivalent figure is 13.6 percent in Italy, 11.4 percent in Spain and 15.8 percent in Britain, although in Germany only 4.0 percent.
Medical workers wearing protective gears just carry a suspected coronavirus patient on a stretcher outside the Communarka Hospital in Moscow
Russia says it has conducted nearly 3.5 million tests, including many people with mild symptoms that are often missed elsewhere.
Russia is now in its fifth week of a lockdown that has set the economy on track for a 4-6 per cent contract, the country's central bank says.
The collapse in oil prices due to declining global demand has also damaged the country's economy.
Putin has extended the lockdown until at least May 11, warning that the highlight of the outbreak was yet to come.
& # 39; The situation is still very difficult, & # 39; said Putin. & # 39; We are facing a new and perhaps the most intense stage in opposition to & # 39; an epidemic. & # 39;
Putin said Russia had succeeded in slowing the spread of the & # 39; epidemic, but warned that & # 39; this should not reassure us. & # 39;
A Russian employee of the Emergency Emergency wore an orange protective suit and a mask spray disinfectant at a railway station in St Petersburg yesterday
In addition, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has extended a ban on entry for foreigners into the country, which was due to expire on Thursday.
The measure will continue until & # 39; the fight against & # 39; & # 39; The infection is over and the epidemic situation has improved, & # 39; says the government.
Medics in Russia have complained about shortages of protective gear and testing kits, while hospital staff are concerned about deaths in the medical community.
The pandemic has tainted Putin's plans for a mass military parade on May 9 to commemorate 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War II.
The Kremlin also issued a vote on April 22 on land-based constitutional reform that could pave the way for Putin to remain in power until 2036.
Putin is currently set to reach his two-term limit in 2024, but Russia's parliament has backed a proposal to reverse the clock and allow him twice more.