Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he is temporarily stepping down to recover.
Mr Mishustin, 54, who has been one of the main coordinators of Russia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the first high-ranking Russian official to publicly say they have the virus.
The Prime Minister’s case is one of more than 106,000 in Russia, which has recorded just over 1,000 deaths.
“I have found out that the coronavirus tests I had done returned with a positive result,” said Mr Mishustin in a televised meeting with Mr Putin.
It was not immediately clear when Mr Putin last met with Mr Mishustin in person.