COVID-19 Update: Timor-Leste reports two deaths and 179 new infections

COVID-19 Update: Timor-Leste reports two deaths and 179 new infections

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DILI, may 13, 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste, Covid-19 crisis team on Thursday reported a record of 179 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the national total cases to 4,458 since the pandemic began in March last year.

The new infections included 156 in Dili, and the rest were found in municipalities. thus The country currently has 2,116, the CIGC said in a statement.

Two more fatalities had been confirmed, raising the death toll to 10, it said, adding that 65 patients had recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,336.

The Coordinator of the COVID-19 Crisis Center, Rui de Araújo said, of the two deaths, one is a 56-year-old man who lived in Santa Cruz and died on May 15, at around 11 am, at his workplace in Fatuhada. The epidemiological surveillance team performed the postmortem test on covid-19, with the family’s authorization, and the result was positive.

The other death was a 58-year-old Chinese citizen, who lived in Comoro. He went to the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV), on May 11, with symptoms, fever and was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure syndrome and SARS-CoV-2.

“The treatment was carried out that same night, in the isolation of Vera Cruz, and died yesterday afternoon due to respiratory failure with multiple organ failure. The family and the Chinese Embassy coordinate with the CIGC to carry out the cremation ”, Araújo said.

Concerning the infections announced today, the coordinator says that the proportion of people infected with symptoms is 12.2%. Among the cases detected today, 98 are men and 81 women.

According to Araujo, there are 31 patients undergoing treatment at the Vera Cruz isolation center, of the number one patient is in a severe condition while the other 12 are in moderate conditions.

The National Health Laboratory (LNS) has carried out 781 laboratory tests since yesterday, seven of which in the context of sentinel surveillance, 151 for contact screening, 179 for random screening, 420 for requests to leave the Dili Municipality, 19 for international trips, and five in quarantines.

Dili has been enduring the COVID-19 community transmission since April 25. In a bid to curb the virus spread, the country has closed down all schools, sports facilities and has also imposed lockdowns in some high-risk areas of infections.

The CIGC Coordinator reiterated that COVID-19 vaccines, along with other preventive measures, would save lives from the COVID-19.

Meanwhile, more than 27.650 out of the country’s 1,338,954 population have been vaccinated already As of Thursday (28/04/021) following the report from the Ministry of Health.
Timor-Leste launched an anti-COVID-19 inoculation drive on April-7 after having received vaccines from the World Health Organization’s COVAX Facility.

In the second phase of the AstraZeneca Vaccination, the country is targeting to inoculate at least 80% more population out of its 1,338,954 population.




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