The president of Banco Santander in Portugal dies of coronavirus

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António Viera Monteiro, number one of the bank in the mentioned European country, died at the age of 74 in Lisbon after contracting the Covid-19

António Vieira Monteiro, the president of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander in Portugal, has died this Wednesday because of the coronavirus. After testing positive for Covid-19, he entered quarantine, Vieira Monteiro would have lost his life at 74, being part of the risk group most affected by the disease.

Vieira Monteiro spent his last hours at the Curry Cabral hospital in Lisbon. He was the executive president of Santander in Portugal for seven years and since November 2018 he held the presidency of the Board of Directors. This Wednesday, it became the second fatality of the coronavirus in the Portuguese country.

A few hours after the death was known, Ana Botín, president of the group, showed her support for the Vieria Monteiro family. “This morning, when I was speaking with our CEO in Portugal, Pedro Castro e Almeida and later with Rita, Antonio’s daughter, I have personally felt the scope of this crisis. Rita will not be able to go to the funeral because she is also infected by Covid -19. My colleagues and I -even healthy- will not be able to go either, “he pointed out.

In this statement, the president of the bank has also urged that companies, society and governments work together to spend “saving lives and jobs.”

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