Lú OLo declares state of emergency to deal with COVID-19

Lú OLo declares state of emergency to deal with COVID-19

President Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo Image/António Gonçalves)

DILI, 02 june 2021 (TATOLI)— Timor-Leste President of Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo declares, a XIV period of the State of Emergency for 30 days, at 00:00 on June 5, 2021, to 23:59 of July 01, 2021.

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

“The State of Emergency as the prevention policy and control to remove all citizens in Timor-Leste from the public calamity which is possible coming from COVID-19. The state has balanced the risks which associated to the SARS-COV-2 to Timor-Leste and the measure that need to set to prevent the importation of COVID-19 from other countries that has close relation with Timor-Leste,” The President of Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo said in a statement released today.

For the prevention and control of COVID-19, the state will set special attention at the entrance points and set quarantine for the suspect infected by covid-19 and the isolation for those who suffer from covid-19. All these measures will protect all the population. Without these measures, the country’s situation will become difficult.

The state took these measures to protect public health; on the other hand, it will limit all citizen’s rights and freedom guarantee by the constitution.

This state of emergency will suspend and limiting all the rights for international circulation, freedom of circulation, and residential visa in all national territories and the right for resistance, limit the right for education, culture gathering, the right for the initiative of the private economy.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded a total of 7161 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 16 deaths and 4515 recoveries.

Until today may 28 more than 76.683 people in Timor-Leste have been receiving the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, since the country starts its first inoculation drive on April 7, 2021


Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafael Belo


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