Dili, January 21st, 2021 – His Excellency the Prime-Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, participated, this Thursday, in the weekly meeting with the President of the Republic, Dr. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, at the Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, in Bairro-Pité, in Dili. At the meeting, the situation of COVID-19 and the Government’s request for the extension of the State of Emergency for the tenth time was analyzed.
“This was the weekly meeting with His Excellency the President of the Republic. We addressed only two issues: the first was the continuation of the extension of the State of Emergency’s Declaration, and the other was the situation of COVID-19 in our country. As we all know, in December 2020 there were 15 positive cases, yesterday decreased to 5, but in the afternoon increased another case, so, we currently have 6 positive cases. Still, on this subject, we also talked about our effort to obtain the vaccine”, explained the Head of Government, to journalists, after the meeting with the Head of State.
In addition, the Head of Government explained that, at that meeting, the Head of State expressed his strong support for the Government’s initiative to carry out mass tests on the population, in order to prevent and prepare vaccination against COVID-19. The Head of State also asked the Government to strictly control borderlines, and to try to raise awareness in the community about the danger of this outbreak.
On the same occasion, the journalists used the opportunity to ask for more details about the mass tests, and about the willingness of the Head of the Government to be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19, among other matters. END/M-PMO