Dili, December 7th, 2021- His Excellency the Prime-Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, accompanied by the Vice Prime Minister Mrs. Armanda Berta dos Santos and the Vice Prime Minister José Maria dos Reis, participated, this Thursday, at the weekly meeting with His Excellency the President of the Republic, Dr. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, at the Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, in Bairro-Pité.
At this audience, the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government, offered to the Head of the State the best wishes of the prosperous year 2021 and wishes for a good job in this new year. At the meeting, His Excellency the Prime Minister also reported on the Government’s activity, the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in the country, the measures taken by the Government, and the current figures of COVID-19.
“This is the weekly meeting, in this new year, with His Excellency the President of the Republic. We bring two issues: firstly, in my name and my family’s, and on behalf of the members of the VIII Constitutional Government, we wish a Happy New Year to the President of the Republic and his family, as well as to the employees of the President of the Republic’s Palace, and we hope that the activities of the new year maybe even better than those of last year”, said the Head of Government.
Furthermore, the Head of Government stated that: “Secondly, we have come here to inform His Excellency about the development of the situation of COVID-19 in our country, on the measures taken by the Government and on the current figures of COVID-19 in our country. As you know, at the end of last year, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in our country rose to 15 persons. And the most serious thing about these numbers is that 3 of these people entered illegally. So, our concern is greater, because we don’t know yet if those who entered illegally have already infected others. For this reason, the Government has tightened up the measures, and, thank God, the number of active cases has already fallen to 12. We inform His Excellency the President of the Republic about it, and we have told him that the Government’s measures are harsh, but as the situation eases, we will adapt and make them more flexible according to the situation. As so, we take advantage of your presence and ask the parents, the entire population, to cooperate, because the effort we make is to prevent deaths. We do not want the infected one to die, and we do not want them to infect their families, their community, and our citizens, because this disease comes and does not choose its target. It doesn’t matter whether you are the Prime Minister or a member of the Government. Whoever’s closest will suffer. Moreover, its consequences are great in terms of public health. This is the experience of the various countries, even the most advanced ones. Now imagine what it will be like if this new variant gets here. This new variant is already present in Australia and other neighboring countries. It is more contagious than the first one. Based on all these concerns, the Government has decided to tighten up the measures. However, as far as possible, as the evolution goes smoothly, in a positive way, of course, we, the Government, will make it more flexible again”.
On this occasion, the journalists also questioned the fact that the community is not complying with the Government’s rules on COVID-19, on the rumors related to the non-transfer of money from the Bank in the US to the Treasury, on the news related to low rice stocks and on a possible government’s reshuffle. END/PMO-M