POLITICS, NATIONAL, DILI

Government agrees to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days

Government agrees to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days

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DILI, 22 september 2021 (TATOLI)— The government of Timor-Leste, through the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers, had proposed the extension of the state of emergency for another 30 days, to the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres ‘Lú Olo’.

“After hearing the presentation of the Integrated Crisis Management Center (SIJK) on the epidemiological situation in the country, the Council of Ministers had decided to extend the state of emergency to another month,” Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães made the comments at the Government Palace, in Dili, on wednesday.

Magalhães said that the same regulations of the state of emergency will remain in place which is important to prevent and neutralize the propagation of the new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to protect and restoring public health.

“According to the state of emergency measures, the government can take any necessary steps to suspend and restrict some of the fundamental rights, if it’s for the right reasons,” he explained.

At the regular meeting, the Council of Ministers also had decided to extend the sanitary fence in capital Dili through 23.59 september 29 local time, while lifted in Baucau, Ermera, and Covalima.

With the extension of the sanitary fence in capital Dili, the movement of the people between Dili and other municipalities would be restricted, except for essential public health services, humanitarian assistance, etc.

The Government Decree also states that, during the state of emergency, all individuals living in Dili are subject to the collaboration obligation and should engage in and promote the practice of social distancing behavior and respiratory etiquette, namely avoiding participating in crowds, keeping a distance of, at least, one and a half meter from other individuals with whom they do not live in the sharing economy, wearing a face mask covering the nose and mouth when they have to remain in closed public spaces and frequently sanitizing their hands, namely at the entrance of business premises and public administration service buildings.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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