Covid-19: The Number of Active Cases Falls to Eight as More Recover From Virus

Covid-19: The Number of Active Cases Falls to Eight as More Recover From Virus

Dili police Superintendent, Armando Monteiro, farewells quarantine residents at Tasi Tolu on April 30, after they completed the mandatory 14 days (Image/Tatoli)

DILI, 30 April 2020 (TATOLI) — The number of active cases of Covid-19 in Timor-Leste has fallen to just eight, after health authorities confirmed another 10 people have recovered from the virus.

Figures released this afternoon by the Integrated Crisis Management Centre (CIGC) show there has been no change to the overall number of cases (24) since last Friday.

CIGC spokesman Sérgio Lobo said the number still undergoing mandatory quarantine has also fallen.

“Inhabitants who have already left mandatory quarantine [total] 1,775; 1,423 in Dili and 352 in the districts,” he said.

Some 384 people remain in mandatory quarantine, the Ministry of Health confirmed today.

Addressing the media during CIGC’s daily briefing today, Mr Lobo again appealed to the public to cooperate with the state of emergency measures, after President Guterres extended the period for another month this week.

“COVID-19 is very dangerous, but with good immunity, practicing good personal hygiene, resting at home and maintaining social distance, we can combat and eliminate the outbreak of COVID-19 form our bodies and our community,” he said.

Meanwhile 54 people – 27 women and 32 men – were released from quarantine this morning, after completing their mandatory 14 days.

56 quarantine residents attended a ‘re-integration’ ceremony before being sent home to their families today (Image/Tatoli)

Narciso Fernandes, representing the Ministry of Health, said among the group was three health workers who entered quarantine as a precaution, after treating people in quarantine. But the majority were students who returned to Timor-Leste from Indonesia on March 12.

“Up until today, the health conditions of the 56 residents here have no symptoms and are free of COVID-19. As such, they can go back to their families,” Dr Fernandes said.

Read our original Tetum coverage here: Pasiente COVID-19 Na’in-16 Rekuperadu

Journalist: Nelson de Sousa

Editors: Robert Baird, Francisco Simões

Translation: Nelia Borges


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