A third cabinet minister has tested positive for Covid-19 in Portugal within a week, according to the government.
Minister of the Economy Pedro Siza Vieira tested positive for the vírus Tuesday.
On January 14, Ana Mendes, the labor minister, tested positive, followed by Finance Minister João Leão on January 16,
On Tuesday, Portugal marked the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic, as the Health Ministry recorded 218 Covid-19 related deaths and 10,455 new cases.
As of Tuesday, the death toll stood at 9,246, whilst the total number of coronavirus cases was 566,958, according to the Health Ministry.
Government officials continue to call on the population to stay at home and follow protocol, stressing the need to save lives and protect the national health system.
Medical staff across the country have taken to social media to express concerns over the rising numbers and the impact on their working conditions, with many working overtime and under-resourced.
Portugal has the second worst epidemiological situation in Europe, according to the most recent statistics from Our World in Data, an online scientific publication based at the University of Oxford.