Russian Minister of Construction Industry, Housing, and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev has been hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus, the ministry’s press service said in a statement.
Deputy Minister Dmitry Volkov has also been tested positive for COVID-19, according to the statement.
Nikita Stasishin has been appointed as acting minister.
Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov has been appointed as his temporary replacement.
The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 3.2 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide, with over 232,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.