Third Portuguese minister hit by coronavirus in a week

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Portugal's Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira speaks during an interview with Reuters in Lisbon

LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-isolation, his office reported late on Tuesday, the third cabinet member to be diagnosed with the virus in a week.

He had already been in quarantine at home since Saturday as a precautionary measure after Finance Minister Joao Leao tested positive following a meeting with top EU officials.

Siza Vieira and Prime Minister Antonio Costa were also at that meeting.

Siza Vieira was the third minister to be diagnosed with the coronavirus in the past week, following Leao and Labour Minister Ana Mendes Godinho.

Portugal, currently reporting the highest average of new cases per capita worldwide according to the website supported by Oxford University, has seen 566,958 confirmed coronavirus cases and 9,246 deaths so far and went back into lockdown on Friday.

(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee, Editing by Catarina Demony and Nick Macfie)