The President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) despite showing no symptoms.
Naija News reports that this was made known in a statement on Monday, January 11, 2021, on the Presidency official website.
This online news platform learnt that the 72-year-old, who is seeking a second tenure in office, tests positive for the deadly diseases just before his election and will self-isolate in his official residence in Lisbon.
According to the statement from the Portuguese Presidency, Marcelo Rebelo was initially tested negative but the second test came out positive.
The statement added that another test was performed, with the results yet unknown.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, said travels, reopening of schools, businesses and religious centres have contributed to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
Mustapha stated this during the PTF media briefing in Abuja, on Monday.
He said, “It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rising in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID-19 safety measures.”
“The full import of the fore-going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions.”