Planning Minister infected with new coronavirus

Nelson de Souza took the test after the Secretary of State for Planning was diagnosed with covid-19. The minister remains in prophylactic isolation, having adopted the teleworking regime.

Planning Minister Nelson de Souza is infected with the new coronavirus and remains in isolation, the executive announced, days after it was confirmed that the Secretary of State for Planning had tested positive.

“Following the positive test of the covid-19 by the Secretary of State for Planning, [Ricardo Pinheiro], known last Saturday, at 17 pm, the Minister of Planning was subjected to a test, that same day at night, having obtained a negative result” , indicated, in a statement, the Ministry of Planning.

Despite the result, Nelson de Souza remained in prophylactic isolation, adopting the teleworking regime. However, on Wednesday, after showing "mild symptoms", he underwent a new test, which "gave a positive result".

Nelson de Souza will thus continue in isolation, according to “the prescription and procedures determined by the Directorate-General for Health”.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1.422.951 deaths resulting from more than 60,4 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

Portugal counts is in a state of emergency from 9 November to 8 December, a period during which there is a mandatory curfew in counties with the highest risk of contagion.

During the week, the curfew must be respected between 23 pm and 5 am, while on weekends and holidays circulation is limited between 13 pm on Saturday and 5 am on Sunday and between 13 pm on Sunday and 5 am Monday.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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