March 15, 2020 / 7:58 PM / 3 months ago

Putin names Moscow mayor to run new working group to fight coronavirus: agencies

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the lower house of parliament to consider constitutional changes in Moscow, Russia March 10, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday ordered the creation of a special working group within the State Council to fight the spread of the coronavirus, RIA news agency reported.

Putin put Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin in charge of the new group, which will also include government officials, Interfax news agency reported.

Russia has recorded 63 cases of the coronavirus as of Sunday.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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