Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.
His positive test came on the same day that Russia recorded a record 7,099 cases, taking the total number of infections above 100,000.
Mr Mishustin was given the role of prime minister in January and has been actively involved in Russia’s handling of the epidemic.
Consequently, his deputy Andrey Belousov will be acting in his stead. Mikhail Mishustin is thus the highest-ranking official to contract the disease as Russia crossed the 100,000 tallies with a little over 1,000 deaths.
Mikhail Mishustin, an economist was appointed to his current post in January after a major overhaul of the Russian ruling elite.