East Timorese health officials today announced a new case of covid-19, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 23 since the outbreak began, including one that has recovered.

The spokesman for the Integrated Crisis Management Center (CIGC), Sérgio Lobo, said that the new case is a Portuguese professor who had been considered likely, but that a new analysis in Darwin, Australia, has now confirmed as positive.

“We have to register today a total of 23 positive cases and four more probable ones. They are all at the Vera Cruz Clinic. More than 80% do not have any symptoms”, he added.

Among the 22 active cases are, at the moment, two Portuguese teachers.

The spokesman noted that the epidemiological surveillance team continues to find no transmission case in Liquiçá, where the two infected Portuguese teachers were, who had been quarantined for several weeks at home.

“The teachers’ only contact was with the driver, who is in quarantine and had a negative test result.”

These two teachers are part of the group of four teachers and a driver who had been in contact with the Portuguese teacher who traveled, on April 4, to Lisbon, where, days later, he tested positive for covid-19.

The teacher traveled to Portugal with over 200 Portuguese on a repatriation flight organized by the Portuguese Government.

Sérgio Lobo said that the analyzes are being carried out at the National Laboratory and confirmed by a laboratory in Darwin, in northern Australia.

“We are happy because the verification rate for data from the national laboratory is almost 100%. This puts our National Laboratory at the levels of other more advanced nations”, he stressed.

Timor-Leste has already carried out a total of 361 tests, with 254 negative, four probable and 80 still waiting for a result.

The quarantine sites currently contain 518 people, including 23 health professionals and a police officer. So far, 1,543 have ended their 14-day isolation period.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 168,000 deaths and infected more than 2.4 million people in 193 countries and territories.

To combat the pandemic, governments sent 4.5 billion people home (more than half the world’s population), ended non-essential trade and drastically reduced air traffic, paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy.

Source: RTP