Portugal president tests positive for COVID-19 but asymptomatic: official statement

Updated: Jan 12, 2021
FILE PHOTO: Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa calls state of emergency over coronavirus crisis in Lisbon, Portugal March 18, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

LISBON - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa tested positive for COVID-19, said a statement posted on the official website of the Portuguese Presidency on Monday night.

Rebelo de Sousa 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 said, referring to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.