Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 30 September 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, after obtaining a favourable opinion from the Superior Council for Defence and Security (SCDS) and Council of State, sent today a message to the National Parliament requesting authorisation to declare the renewal of the state of emergency for a period of thirty days.
In a meeting held today with the Superior Council for Defence and Security and later one with the Council of State, the members of both advisory bodies advised the President of the Republic to ask the National Parliament for authorisation to declare the renewal of the state of emergency. The fifth period of state of emergency began on 5 February and is due to expire on 4 October.
The Council of State and the Superior Council of Defence and Security agreed on extending the state of emergency for another month, as suggested by the government.
The sixth period of state of emergency means taking measures that partially suspend and limit the exercise of fundamental rights, such as the international movement of people, freedom of movement and residence anywhere in the national territory, and the right to resistance.
Following the meetings with the Superior Council of Defence and Security and the Council of State, the Chief of the Civil House, Francisco Vasconcelos, said that the preventive measures will be the same as those currently in place but that there will more restrictive prevention and control measures at the border to prevent illegal border crossings and avoid the spread of the virus.
The government is planning to implement more stringent measures for citizens under quarantine.
Timor-Leste has reported since March 28 confirmed cases of infection – 27 of which have already recovered.
When the first imported COVID-19 case was reported in March, the state of Timor-Leste took preventive measures and declared the first period of state of emergency on 28 March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and thus to avoid a public calamity. Timor-Leste is currently in its fifth period of state of emergency.