He revealed this in a video meeting with the President Vladimir Putin
He said in a bid to protect cabinet members, he is going to self isolate.
According to him, “It just became known that the coronavirus tests I took came back positive, so I must oblige by the self-isolation rules and it’s mandatory [that I do that] for the safety of my colleagues.”
He also urged Putin to sign a decree appointing Andrey Belousov to his role on an acting basis.
Speaking on the development, Putin while assuring him that anyone could contact COVID-19 wished the Minister a quick recovery.
“What is happening to you now can happen to anyone. I hope that you stay able to work and will actively participate in government decision-making.
“Without your opinions and your participation these decisions will not be made,” he added