Dili, October 3rd, 2020 – This Saturday, the National Parliament approved the Head of State’s request on the State Emergency declaration for the sixth time, with a length of 30 days. The request was approved with 55 votes in favour, 0 votes against and 0 abstentions, following the Government’s decision, which ask the President of the Republic for this extension, to allow the Government to continue exercising control over the border with Indonesia, particularly because of the risk of COVID-19 pandemic import.
At the plenary meeting, the Chief of the Executive defended the extension of the State Emergency to protect public health, avoiding risks of import COVID-19 pandemic and the risks of its spreading into the community, because of the number of cases in the neighboring countries, such as Indonesia and Australian, continues to increase every day.
“In other countries, the declaration of the State of Emergency is to combat the disease after the transmission has already entered the community. The declaration of the State of Emergency in our country aims to strengthen control at our borders, to prevent the import of the disease into our country. The objective is the same, but the strategy is different. Presidential Decree no. 59/2020, of September 3rd, will cease to be in force as of tomorrow, Sunday, October 4th, 2020, at 11:59 pm. For this reason, the Government requests, again, an extension, for the same period of 30 days, with the objective of protecting public health from the risks of import and spreading the COVID-19 pandemic. The Declaration of the State of Emergency for the sixth time will be very useful to deal with the situation, in an attempt to avoid the spreading in the community”, defended the Head of the Government, in the National Parliament’s plenary session.
Since the global pandemic began, in Wuhan, China, in the late of 2019, until today, October 30th, according to the World Health Organization, the pandemic has affected 216 countries and territories, with a total of 34,817.852 infected and 1,032,712 deaths. In Timor-Leste, 28 cases of people with the infection were detected, of which, 27 are already recovered and one is still active, currently under observation by health services. Fortunately, Timor-Leste remains without deaths.
Noting Timor-Leste’s success in reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Prime Minister expressed his thanks to all those involved, for their cooperation, and especially to the community, for their support in combating this human calamity, which allows Timor-Leste to continue without deaths, unlike most other countries.
“Timor-Leste had 28 cases, 27 of which have already recovered and only one is still active, with no deaths. This results from mutual cooperation. With the cooperation of our citizens, it’s faster to identify cases that come from foreign countries, isolate them, and prevent their spread to the community. Only that way we will be able to eliminate the presence of the virus in the community. Therefore, the State of Emergency allows the Government to reinforce this control. There is no other alternative. Thus, the Government requested authorization to the President of the Republic, and today he sent his message to the National Parliament, requesting authorization to declare the State of Emergency for the sixth time”, said the Prime Minister.
Given the worrying evolution of the epidemiological situation and the proliferation of registered cases of COVID-19 infection, both at regional and global levels, and in order to avoid and neutralize the risks of SARS-CoV-2 spreading, thus protecting public health and the National Health System response capacity, the Government decided, at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 23rd, 2020, to propose to the President of the Republic the authorization request for the Declaration of the State of Emergency.
The fifth period of State of Emergency, which began on September 5th, ends on October 4th, 2020. END