Marking the second time in less than 48 hours that a Lostislandic official contracts coronavirus, the Honourable Maria Ostroukhova, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Minority Affairs, announced on her Facebook page she had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Deputy Prime Minister started to develop symptoms about a week ago; the symptoms, according to the Facebook post, are similar to those experienced by Ambassador Robert Meyer, who tested positive for COVID-19 two days ago.
Maria Ostroukhova marks the fourth confirmed coronavirus case in Lostisland; the estimate includes those who announced it publicly and the overall number might be higher as Lostislandic citizens are not required to report their medical status. The first two COVID-19 cases among Lostislandic citizens were reported in April 2020 and Lostisland was provisionally reported coronavirus-free after the recovery of the second case in May. However, the test of Robert Meyer, the Ambassador of Lostisland to the United States, returned positive on 2 October – the same day Donald Trump’s test returned positive – and with the Deputy Prime Minister testing positive today, the total number of cases in Lostisland doubled in less than 48 hours.
Maria Ostroukhova is the first Lostislandic citizen in Russia who contracts COVID-19: the previous three cases were reported in the Lostislandic diasporas in the United States and Belarus. Russia is home to the largest Lostislandic diaspora and is the country where the majority of meetings of citizens took place; however, the Deputy Prime Minister hasn’t interacted with other Lostislandians within the last two weeks and it is unlikely that she contracted the virus from another Lostislandic citizen.
President Yaroslav Mar sent the Deputy Prime Minister his wishes of a quick recovery. Updates on her health will be posted as they become available.