Russia’s Science Minister, Valery Falkov, has recovered after contracting the novel coronavirus, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
The country’s prime minister, culture minister and construction minister, as well as Putin’s spokesperson, have also reported contracting the virus.
Education and Science Minister Valery Falkov was diagnosed with coronavirus, President Putin said at a meeting, making him the fourth minister to catch the virus.
Falkov has “suffered from the coronavirus and has overcome it,” Putin said during a video chat with the science minister and other senior officials, according to comments carried by state media
During the meeting, Falkov said he had already recovered and returned to work.
Russia had on Thursday confirmed 9,974 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 252,245.
Russia now has the world’s second-highest number of coronavirus infections.
Early clinical trials of an antiviral drug in Russia have given “promising” results in treating the new coronavirus, a joint venture announced.
Putin has eased Russia’s “non-working” period imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus even as Russia emerges as Europe’s new coronavirus hotspot. (dpa/NAN)