Dili, 27 Apr 2020 (Lusa) – The President of the Timorese Republic today signed the decree for the extension of the state of emergency in Timor-Leste for another 30 days to take effect from 00:00 on Tuesday, in response to the covid -19, the Presidency source told Lusa.

According to the same source, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo signed the decree shortly after the authorization, approved in the plenary of the National Parliament, was handed over to him.

“The decree goes to Gráfica Nacional for publication in Jornal da República”, explained the same source.

Today, after a debate of several hours, the Timorese National Parliament approved the extension of the state of emergency for 30 days, with 37 votes in favor, 23 votes against and four abstentions.

“The state of emergency is renewed for the duration of 30 days, starting at 00:00 on April 28 [16:00 on April 27, Lisbon time] at 23:59 on May 27, 2020 [15 : 59 of May 27, Lisbon time] “, refers to the authorization approved today in a roll call vote, which gave the green light to the President of the Republic to decree the extension of the measure.

Moments before the vote and in response to the deputies’ questions, the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, defended the need for a state of emergency to give room for maneuver to government action in this fight.

Combat, he said, aimed both at minimizing the risk of the spread of covid-19 and at minimizing its economic and social impact on the lives of the population.

“Between life and the economy they prefer what. We choose life first and then economy. But we understand that the situation is difficult and we recognize that many families need help,” he said.

“The state of emergency is not a solution, but it is the best solution so that we can prepare the conditions, to prepare the system to respond to the situation. Thinking in the interest of all citizens,” he said.

Government source told Lusa that, for now, there should be no change to the measures that were already in effect in the state of emergency that took effect between March 28 and Sunday night.

Presidency source explained to Lusa that the head of state is also already considering three diplomas with socio-economic measures approved by the government, anticipating a quick decision by the head of state.

It is a decree-law that defines a remuneration supplement for medical employees, security forces and other sectors that are involved in the front line of the fight against covid-19, also approved on March 22.

The second is a decree-law with various measures to support companies and workers and the third on the payment of a subsidy of 100 dollars to each Timorese family (in which there are no members who earn more than 500 dollars monthly).

Timor-Leste currently has 22 active cases of covid-19.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 204,000 deaths and infected more than 2.9 million people in 193 countries and territories.

Nearly 800,000 patients were considered cured.

Source: Porto Canal