MADRID (Jan 12): Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (pictured) tested positive late Monday for Covid-19, according to Anadolu Agency, citing a statement from the country’s Presidency.
The statement said 72-year-old Rebelo de Sousa (pictured) has shown no coronavirus symptoms so far but will self-isolate at his official residence.
The president had "tested negative yesterday, and although today's antigen test is negative, it was now known, at 9:40 pm, that the PCR test was positive," the statement added.
Rebelo de Sousa was quarantined for half a day after the detection of the coronavirus on Jan 6 in one of his consultants whom he had met on Jan 4 and continued his official program with the advice of doctors after the tests were negative.
Rebelo de Sousa, who is a candidate in presidential elections scheduled for Jan 24, is considered the favou
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rite, according to polls.