President Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo Image/António Gonçalves)

DILI, 29 july 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste President of Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo declares the 16th period of the State of Emergency for 30 days, at 00:00 on August 01 and end at 23:59 on August 30, 2021, cover the entire territory.

The declaration was made after the request for the State of Emergency was approved in the National Parliament, with the results for the vote of the request were 35 votes in favor, zero against, and 21 votes for abstentions.

“The contagious variant of Delta has reached the neighboring country of the Republic of Indonesia. Indonesia, registered a high number of daily records, compared to India. According to the forecast reports the number of contagions will rise more than 200 thousand people “, said Lu Olo in a statement released today.

The Head State also recalled that Timor-Leste needs to pay attention to the situation and the new virus since the country has registered new four imported cases of Delta variant last month. 

The important measures for the prevention of covid-19 should be the focus on controlling the import of the new variant of SARS-Cov-2 in Timor-Leste moreover to maintain the restriction in the entrance points.

The restriction includes among other things:

  1. The foreign citizen will enter the national territory when authorized by the Center for Integrated Management and Crisis (CIGC),
  2. All the newcomers should perform the swab test to find out their infection.
  3. They are required to comply with quarantine measures,
  4. Those who are infected with covid-19 must be isolated.

This state of emergency will also partially suspend the rights of international service, freedom of service and residence, right to assemble and demonstrate freedom of worship, right to education and property, right to resistance, and private economic initiative.

From the start of the pandemic until July 28, 2021, the country has recorded a total of 10,535 with 736 active cases and 26 deaths.

Until today 94% of people in Timor-Leste have been vaccinated against covid-19.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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