DILI, 23 february, 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste reported four new infections of covid-19 which are possible of local transmission after performing the swab testing to the population living near the border, Coordinator of Integrated Center of COVID-19, Rui Maria de Araújo, statement today.

Araújo said the infections were detected through the mass tests carried out by the epidemiological surveillance team on february 20.

“The CIGC team has communicated with the infected patient, until this afternoon, there were 29 people were having the contact with the patient. Of the number there were three more infections, one is the patient’s family and other two is the patient’s neighbors,” Mr Araújo said at the press conference at the CCD.

“The cases were identified as local transmission through the imported cases from the populations that crossing the border illegally,” he said.

Mr Araújo stressed that the country is currently at the mitigation or the third alert phase.

“Following the state resolution, the country continues to maintain the sanitary fence,” he added.

The infected patients including one child and one pregrant woman, have been transferred to the Vera Cruz Isolation Center.

According to Araújo, the infected patients were identified from the same village of Klauhalek, Administrative post of Fatumean, Covalima Municipality.

At this point the CIGC appealed to the entire population to continue comply with the covid-19’s preventive measures.

Timor-Leste currently registers 25 active covid-19 and 107 infections from the beginning of the outbreak.


Journalist: Felicidade Ximenes

 Editor: Zezito da Silva


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