Dili, 23 sea 2021 (Lusa) – A New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules transported to East Timor today more than 4,8 tonnes of protective equipment to combat covid-19 in the country.
New Zealand Ambassador to Dili, Peter Hewitt, told Lusa that support was requested by Timorese authorities last week to strengthen the conditions of teams involved in the front line of the disease fight.
′′ This is support under the New Zealand Assistance Program. We are available to continue to respond to additional requests from the Timorese Government and provide this assistance within our capabilities “, it has advanced.
Support is particularly important at a time when the number of active cases in the country is significantly increasing and multiplying test and contact tracing actions to try to contain the various outbreaks, especially in Dili, it stressed.
′′ The equipment allows to respond to about 500 cases of covid-19. There are 553 boxes of protective gear, including masks, gloves, scrubs “, it indicated.
Timorese Foreign Minister Adaljiza Magno thanked New Zealand’s support, stressing the country’s assistance to East Timor since the period after the 1999. referendum.
Goods delivered now add up to support about $ 1,5 million (€ 1,26 million) data in 2020 from New Zealand to East Timor in covid-19. related assistance.
′′ Our respect and appreciation goes out to all front-line health, safety and infrastructure staff who are working day and night to control the contagion of covid-19 “, Hewitt said.
′′ Combating covid-19 is a joint effort and New Zealand and the remaining development partners are available to continue supporting East Timor at this difficult time “, highlighted.
Timor-Leste currently records 211 active cases, four health fences in place and three municipalities with mandatory confinement, including the capital, Dili.
The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 2.716.035 dead in the world, resulting from more than 123 million infections, according to a balance sheet made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16.784 people of the 817.778 confirmed infections have died, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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