LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa examined detrimental for the coronavirus in two consecutive exams launched Tuesday, a day after a single optimistic consequence.
Rebelo de Sousa, 72, took workplace in 2016 and is in search of a second time period within the nation’s presidential elections on January 24.
He was remoted in a residential space within the west of Lisbon with none signs and had suspended his whole schedule for the subsequent few days, however was awaiting directions from the well being authorities, in response to a collection of statements from the presidential workplace.
A lab check utilizing the so-called PCR methodology on Monday revealed that the president examined optimistic for the virus, despite the fact that an antigen check got here again detrimental earlier that day, his workplace reported for the primary time. The president then took two extra PCR exams, one on Monday night time and one on Tuesday, each of which got here again detrimental.
False optimistic leads to PCR exams can happen, though uncommon.
As head of state, the president could be very a lot a figurehead in Portugal, the place the prime minister and his cupboard are in control of day-to-day affairs. Nonetheless, he wields nice affect and has the authority to nominate the prime minister and dissolve parliament.
The Portuguese cupboard will meet on Wednesday to determine on a brand new set of restrictions, and probably a complete lockdown, to fight the sturdy and regular resurgence of virus infections in current weeks.