Russia culture minister tests positive for coronavirus

Russia’s culture minister, Olga Lyubimova, has tested positive for the coronavirus, making her the third member of the Russian cabinet with a confirmed case, the TASS news agency reported on Wednesday.

Lyubimova has mild symptoms and is continuing to work remotely, conducting meetings online, her press secretary Anna Usacheva said, according to TASS.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin last week told President Vladimir Putin on state television that he had been diagnosed and was temporarily stepping down to recover.

First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov is replacing Mishustin in his absence.

A medical specialist takes a test for the coronavirus in Hadassah clinic at the Skolkovo innovation center on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, on April 24, 2020. (Reuters)

A medical specialist takes a test for the coronavirus in Hadassah clinic at the Skolkovo innovation center on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, on April 24, 2020. (Reuters)

Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev also said last week he had been diagnosed with the virus and would be treated in hospital. Dmitry Volkov, one of his deputies, also tested positive, the ministry said at the time.

The country’s coronavirus crisis response center said earlier on Wednesday that the number of cases had risen by more than 10,000 for a fourth consecutive day and now stood at 165,929. Russia has recorded 1,537 coronavirus-related deaths.

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