The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, tested positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, a week after having contact with an advisor who was later diagnosed with coronavirus, it was reported this Monday (11.01.2021).
“After the President of the Republic tested negative yesterday, and despite the fact that today’s antigen test was negative, it was now known, at 9:40 p.m., that the PCR tested positive,” the Presidency reported in a note.
The 72-year-old head of state is asymptomatic and canceled his schedule for the next few days. He will remain isolated in the Palace of Belém, where he was working when the test result was known.
The positive of Rebelo de Sousa occurs just 13 days before the presidential elections of January 24, where he stands for re-election.
Last Wednesday it became known that one of the president’s advisers, with whom he had contact on Monday, had tested positive for coronavirus.
Although Rebelo de Sousa gave negative in the tests carried out that day and the health authorities considered that the contact was “low risk”, they asked him for “passive surveillance” for 14 days and to stay away from the crowds.
The president then decided to suspend his electoral campaign actions until the 18th and carry out a moderate activity, which in recent days has focused on debates and interviews.
Rebelo de Sousa is the clear favorite for reelection for a second five-year term, as polls give him victory in the first round with about 60% of the vote.
gs (efe, afp)