East Timor: Government to propose new state of emergency

East Timor’s cabinet meeting on Monday decided to propose to the president, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, the declaration of a state of emergency for 30 days to respond to the situation of Covid-19.

In a statement, the government said that the declaration intends to suspend or restrict international travel, movement and establish residence lock downs.

“The government proposes to the president (…) the declaration of the State of Emergency,” the text said.

The government added that it has considered the worrying developments in the epidemiological situation and the proliferation of recorded cases of Covid-19 contagion, both at a regional level and worldwide.

The aim is to avoid and neutralise the risks of spreading SARS-Cov-2, thus protecting public health and the responsiveness of the national health system, the note adds.

East Timor is without active cases of Covid-19 since 15 May and concluded at the end of July the third 30-day state of emergency period.