PM António Costa is infected with Covid-19

  • ECO News
  • 1 February 2022

Portugal's prime minister tested positive for Covid-19 this Tuesday. António Costa is currently in isolation.

Prime Minister António Costa has tested positive for Covid-19, reports RTP1. The test was conducted this Tuesday after the end of the political campaign and election night.

“The prime minister conducted a Covid-19 self-test today and it turned out to be positive. This result has already been confirmed by an antigen test,” the prime minister’s office said in a brief statement sent to journalists.

The prime minister’s office also said that António Costa “is without symptoms” and will meet “a period of isolation of seven days”, having already given knowledge of his state to president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The PS achieved an absolute majority in Sunday’s legislative elections, with 117 MPs elected and a lead of more than 13 percentage points over the PSD, in an election that established Chega as the third political force. The socialist win was celebrated at the Altis hotel, in Lisbon, in a room full of supporters (wearing masks) and after an electoral campaign marked by rallies, although smaller than previous campaigns.

António Costa had already been in isolation twice, for being exposed to high-risk contacts, but this was the first time he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

(Article last updated at 3.21 pm)