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Russian Minister of Culture Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Sputnik News

11:38 GMT 06.05.2020(updated 12:16 GMT 06.05.2020)

As of 6 May, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Russia stands at 165,929, with 1,537 fatalities, according to the country's coronavirus response centre.

Russia's Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova has tested positive for COVID-19, she is only having mild symptoms, her press secretary, Anna Usacheva, said on Wednesday.

"The head of the Ministry of Culture, Olga Lyubimova, is working from home. She has tested positive for COVID, the minister is at home, she holds working meetings in the format of video conferences, she takes parts in online meetings and negotiations. She has mild symptoms, hospitalization is out of the question," Usacheva said.

Last week, Russian Minister of Construction Industry, Housing, and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev was hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus. Deputy Minister Dmitry Volkov also tested positive for COVID-19. On 30 April, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that his coronavirus test came back positive. He self-isolated and has continued working from home.

According to Russia's coronavirus response centre, 165,929 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country so far, with 1,537 deaths. The nationwide lockdown was announced in Russia for the whole of April and has been extended through 11 May.


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