Authorities Confirm First Case of Covid-19 in Timorese Citizen

Authorities Confirm First Case of Covid-19 in Timorese Citizen

DILI, 10 April, 2020 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste has registered its second case of Covid-19, the Integrated Crisis Management Centre (CIGC) has confirmed.

The patient – a Timorese citizen, who crossed the border from Indonesia on April 1 – was isolated at their quarantine site when they developed symptoms of the virus, CIGC spokesman Sérgio Lobo said.

“Symptoms such as cough, flu appeared after one week arriving in quarantine, thus the patient is now in the isolation place,” Dr Sérgio Lobo said.

The patient was alone in their room, and did not have physical contact with another person, Dr Lobo added.

“The quarantine site that the patient was in was very strict,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Health and CIGC were verifying the people who were in contact with the patient before arriving at the border.

A sample was taken from the patient, and verified at the Royal Darwin Hospital laboratory. While two people have tested positive in Timor-Leste, testing is not widespread, with only 56 people tested so far. Four are awaiting their test results.

Some 950 people are undergoing their mandatory 14-day quarantine in sites across the country. Around 900 have already completed their stay, the Ministry of Health said.

However, the announcement comes as authorities report Timor’s first Covid-19 patient, who entered isolation on March 21, has recovered from the virus.

CIGC spokesman Sérgio Lobo said the foreign national has now returned two negative test results – a prerequisite for leaving isolation – and was discharged from care.

Dr Lobo reminded everyone to abide by the State of Emergency measures.

”We all should contribute: maintain social distance, don’t gather together, maintain physical distance of one metre from others when going out in public, wear masks, and wash hands to prevent Covid-19,” Dr Lobo said.

Read the original Tetum here: Timor-Leste Rejista Tan Kazu Pozitivu COVID-19 Daruak ba Ema Na’in-Ida

Journalist: Antónia Gusmão

Editors: Robert Baird, Julia Chatarina

Translation: Nelia Borges


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