The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, alerted this Saturday to the need for official confirmation of Covid-19 infection by a Portuguese man who is on the ship Princess Princess, moored in Japan, before deciding what measures will be taken.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he hoped that official confirmation would be given “in an hour or an hour and a half”, but stressed that “there have been cases where it was positive and it was a false positive”.
The wife of one of the crew of the Princess Cruises’ ship, docked in the port of Yokohama (Japan), told Lusa today that her husband was diagnosed “positive” with the new coronavirus.
The Portuguese, Adriano Maranhão, is, according to his wife, a plumber for the ship and was only tested two days ago, having been placed in an isolated cabin about eight hours ago.
If the positive result is proven, this will be the first diagnosed case of a Portuguese man with Covid-19.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa admitted that he has already spoken to the crewmember’s wife who will be infected and considered her “naturally anxious”.
“I spoke to the wife, even before I spoke to the ministers [dos Negócios Estrangeiros e da Saúde] and she was naturally anxious and worried, but we still have no official confirmation “, she stressed.
If it is confirmed that the Portuguese is infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus, the measures to be taken immediately will, according to the President, be combined with the respective authorities.
According to Adriano Maranhão’s wife, Emmanuelle, the Portuguese “was examined for the first time two days ago”, after “passengers disembarked”.
The cruise, anchored in the port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, is Covid-19’s biggest focus outside mainland China, having registered more than 600 infected passengers, two of whom died.
On Wednesday, Japanese authorities began the unloading operation for healthy passengers, ending the vessel’s quarantine period, which started on February 3, an operation that ended on Friday.