Portugal’s president tests positive for Covid-19, has no symptoms

Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had one major presidential debate scheduled for today, as well as a meeting with health experts to discuss the details of a planned lockdown to be announced tomorrow, but his office said he had already cancelled all his public appearances. — Reuters pic
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had one major presidential debate scheduled for today, as well as a meeting with health experts to discuss the details of a planned lockdown to be announced tomorrow, but his office said he had already cancelled all his public appearances. — Reuters pic

LISBON, Jan 12 — Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is seeking a second term in an election on January 24, has tested positive for the coronavirus but has so far shown no symptoms, his office said yesterday.

The 72-year-old had one major presidential debate scheduled for today, as well as a meeting with health experts to discuss the details of a planned lockdown to be announced tomorrow, but his office said he had already cancelled all his public appearances.

In a statement shared on his official website, Rebelo de Sousa’s office said the president has already informed Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Health Minister Marta Temido of the situation.

Rebelo de Sousa will self-isolate at his official residence in Lisbon, the statement said.

His positive test result comes after he tested negative on January 6 after being in contact with someone who was infected and so resumed his work schedule. — Reuters

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