Covid-19: Timor-Leste determines quarantine for travelers from Delta variant countries

Díli, Jul 1, 2021 (Lusa) – The Timorese Government today determined the application of mandatory quarantine, for five days in the case of vaccinated people, who arrive in Timor-Leste from countries where the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 exists .

“Those who have completed vaccination and come or have passed through countries that have notified the Delta variant of SARS-COV-2, will have to comply with five days of quarantine. Those who do not have full vaccinations still have to comply with the 14 days of quarantine”, explains the Government in a statement.

It should be remembered that until now the Government did not impose any quarantine on vaccinated people.

This was one of the decisions of today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers which, among other matters, defined the rules to be applied in the new period of state of emergency, which starts on Friday and continues until the end of the month.

In the decree that defines the measures, the Government determines that “all persons intending to enter Timor-Leste will have to present proof of negative result of a detection test of SARS-CoV-2 or covid-19, with non-senior seniority. longer than 5 days”.

“With the objective of combating the falsification of documents proving full vaccination, the Government mandated the Minister of Health to approve an official model of document proving vaccination”, explains the Government.

he remaining rules currently in force maintain, namely, the “obligation of all individuals residing in Timor-Leste to maintain a distance of at least one meter from other individuals with whom they do not live in a common economy”.

“They are also still required to use a face mask that covers the nose and mouth when they have to access or remain in public or private places of collective use and to sanitize their hands when they intend to enter commercial, industrial or service establishments or buildings where public administration services operate”, explains the executive.

“All people are also still obliged to avoid the formation of agglomerations on the public road”, he also notes.

The decisions were taken after the Government heard a presentation of the country’s epidemiological situation by the coordinators of the Situation Room of the Integrated Center for Crisis Management (CIGC) and are in force until the end of July 31, 2021.

The executive also decided to renew, for another seven days, the sanitary fences in Dili and Baucau that do not apply to those who have completed the vaccination process and those under the age of six who accompany them.

Timor-Leste currently has 829 active covid-19 cases and a cumulative total since the start of the pandemic of 9,278 cases, recording a total of 24 deaths.

With regard to vaccination, by 10:00 am today, a total of 209,587 people had received the first dose in Timor-Leste (27.8% of the population over 18 years old) with 25,988 people already having both doses (3.44%).

In Dili, 113,045 people received the first dose (52.9 of the population over 18) and 14,223 people already have both doses (6.65%).

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 3,940,888 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 181.7 million cases of infection, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.

The respiratory disease is caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.





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