MoH authority registers seven coronavirus infections in Dili

MoH authority registers seven coronavirus infections in Dili

CIGC coordinator, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo. (Image/Egas Cristovão)

DILI, March 7, 2021 (TATOLI) – The Covid-19 crisis center, announced yesterday seven more active cases of covid-19 in Dili after the joint health team performed a  mass testing and randomized screening.

The coordinator for the Prevention and Mitigation of the Covid-19 Outbreak in Timor-Leste, Rui Maria de Araújo, revealed that the six cases originated from the two neighbor patients who were previously detected in Baucau, residing at BTNII of Tasi-Tolu area.

At the same time, the team was also identified another positive patient through the screening test conducted to a group of people while the positive person from the group is a resident from Bebonuk Dili.

“The team has taken the samples of 55 people who have earlier contact with the patient while another 300 sample were taken at the patient’s workplace, we will announce the result tomorrow (09/03/2021),” Rui de Araújo, at the Díli Convention Center.

The CIGC asked the residents in Dili to remain at home and comply with the measure implemented by the Ministry of Health that will be in effect from 9 march until 15 of march.

“It also appeals to residents all the residents from Tera santa and Bebonuk who have made close contacts with those infected patients to dial to 119 number or go to a health unit to perform the tests” he said.

Mr Araújo said at the same time that the team is still looking for the origin of the primary case. “We have not yet concluded that this is a community broadcast, because this case is linked to the one detected in Baucau. Bebonuk’s case is unique, so the epidemiological surveillance team is still analyzing the data”, he concluded.

Timor-Leste currently registers 35 active cases of the new coronavirus and 129 infections with 98 people already recovered.

The Government also approved a sanitary fence and mandatory confinement in the Municipality of Dili after two active cases of covid-19 were confirmed.

Journalist: Felicidade Ximenes

Editor: Cipriano Colo


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