Coronavirus: Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak tests positive for COVID-19

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Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters reported Tuesday according to Russian news source Interfax, citing Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Novak will join Wednesday's Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) meeting via video link, the energy ministry later said, Reuters added.

The ministry noted that Novak is feeling well and currently has no symptoms of COVID-19.

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OPEC+ producers are set to review adherence to their production pact on oil output cuts at Wednesday’s meeting against the backdrop of a slow recovery in demand.

Compliance with OPEC+ oil output cuts was 95-97 percent in July, according to OPEC+ sources and a draft report seen by Reuters on Monday.

Novak is in Russia’s far east as part of a government delegation headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who had contracted the novel coronavirus in late April.

Novak will continue working remotely for the time being, energy ministry spokeswoman Olga Golant said in a statement.

With Reuters

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