Three Portugal’s ministers are in confinement this Monday after one of them has tested positive for Covid. The other two, despite giving negative in the test, have isolated themselves on the recommendation of the health authorities after sitting near him in a Governing Council.
The positive case is that of holder of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, who knew he was infected and informed the Executive at the end of the afternoon this Sunday, according to a statement from the cabinet of Prime Minister António Costa.
Hector “has no symptoms and he is in home confinement, “adds the statement, in which it is indicated that the remaining members of the Executive were going to undergo tests, since they were together last Thursday. The tests were carried out during the early morning and it has been known that both Costa, like all the ministers analyzed so far, have tested negative. The General Directorate of Health has determined however that the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, and the Minister of Planning, Nelson de Souza, are confined due to the closeness of their seats to Heitor’s.
During this Monday, the Foreign Ministers, Augusto Santos Silva, and Environment and Climate Action, João Matos Fernandes, will take the test, who “remain isolated until the results are known.”
The positive in the Portuguese Cabinet is known after the Spanish-Portuguese summit which met on Saturday the governments of both countries, led by Costa and the president of the Spanish Executive, Pedro Sánchez, in the city of Guarda. In addition, it coincides with an increase in infections in Portugal, which accumulates four days above a thousand cases a day, with record numbers of infection, although with more contained mortality rates.
The Portuguese Government prepares to announce new measures Throughout this week with which to stop the second wave, which is beginning to put pressure on the health system. Since the pandemic began, Portugal has accumulated 86,664 positives and 2,080 fatalities, according to the latest available data, published this Sunday.