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COVID-19 update: TL records another death, 47 infections

COVID-19 update: TL records another death, 47 infections

The team of health in Ermera municipality transported the COVID-19 positive patient. Image/Especial doc.

DILI, 28 september 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste, today, records another death, 47 new cases, 128 recoveries, and the active cases were 838.

Of the new cases, 16 were reported in Dili, while the rest were detected in the municipalities, including 20 in Baucau, 6 in Bobonaro, four in RAEOA, and one in Manatuto.

The spokesperson of SIJK, Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo said 40.4 percent of today’s cases were symptomatic.

Araujo informed 17 percent of the new cases are fully vaccinated citizens, while six percent had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines.

He said among the new cases, 37 were between the ages of 12 and 59, including eight cases under 20 and two elderly persons over 60. These new cases are made up of 20 men and 27 women.

Araujo informed that 48 of Covid-19 cases had been admitted to Vera Cruz Isolation Center, Guido Valadares National Hospital (HNGV), Lahane Hospital, and other isolation centers across the territory for intensive treatment, with four people in critical condition, three of whom required ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, the National Health Laboratory (LNS) has carried out 257 PCR tests, including one sentinel surveillance test, 10 through contact tracing, 47 via random screening, 94 were carried out following the request for travel authorization out of capital Dili, 24 for the international travel authorization and 82 in quarantines.

Today, SIJK registered another death in Timor-Leste.

The deceased was a woman in her 70s, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 on september 22 and admitted to Lahane Isolation Center on the same day. She passed away today at around 12.30 pm local time.

The evolution of the COVID-19 in Timor-Leste, the incidence rate of coronavirus is, on average, in the last week, of 3.5 per 100 thousand inhabitants, while in Dili 6.6, Baucau 8.8 and RAEOA 4.2.

The SIJK kept calling on communities to practice the health and safety guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Health and the WHO to continue combating the spread of the virus.

Health authorities had warned that the Delta variant has already spread in the communities, calling on citizens over 18 to get vaccinated: “Vaccination is the only way to combat the Covid-19.”

There has been a total of 19.445 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in Timor-Leste, with 18.493 recoveries, active cases were 838 and 113 deaths, according to SIJK’s data.

In Timor-Leste, of the 754.864 eligible groups, 58.2 percent had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 35.5 percent have also received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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