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Centre-right incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wins Portugal's presidential election
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal Credit: Richter Frank-Jurgen (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portugal's president was returned to office for a second term with a resounding victory Sunday in an election held amid a devastating Covid-19 surge that has made the European country the worst in the world for cases and deaths. Rebelo de Souza had about 61 per cent of the vote.

Prime Minister António Costa, in a tweet, urged people to turn out for the ballot, saying that "unprecedented planning" had gone into ensuring that the vote could take place safely.

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Portugal: schools, kindergartens and universities close amid Coronavirus surge
Paços da Universidade, Portugal
Paços da Universidade, Portugal Credit: xiquinhosilva from Cacau, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In Portugal, the government orders the closure of schools and universities for at least 15 days. Due to the new virus variant and the rapid transmission, caution must be exercised, says Prime Minister Antonio Costa, explaining the measure. The country reported 221 more Corona deaths on Thursday alone, the most ever in a single day, and 13,544 new infections.

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Spanish and Portuguese PM go into self-isolation after having met with Macron earlier this week
Archive: Macron-Sánchez meeting after 2019 European election
Archive: Macron-Sánchez meeting after 2019 European election Credit: Ministry of the Presidency. Government of Spain / via Wikimedia Commons

After having lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron, Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced all of his official engagements were suspended and he would self-isolate until 24 December. "The prime minister will undergo an immediate diagnostic test to determine his situation and will then decide, based on the results, how to manage his agenda over the coming days," so a statement of Sánchez’s office.

António Costa, Portuguese prime minister, met with Macron at the Élysée Palace on Wednesday and is currently awaiting his Covid-19 results in self-isolation. "The prime minister decided to cancel the trip [to Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea Bissau], as well as any public agenda that implies his physical presence. He will keep all executive activities and work schedule, which will be carried out remotely," Costa's office said.