Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 3 October 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, renewed today, 3 October, the state of emergency for another period of 30 days, starting at 0:00 on 5 October (Monday) and ending at 23:59 on 3 November (Tuesday).
With the approval announced today by the National Parliament, the President of the Republic declared the renewal of the state of emergency in the entire national territory.
The state of emergency means taking measures that partially suspend or 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.
After having obtained a favourable opinion from the Superior Council for Defence and Security and the Council of State on 30 September, the President of the Republic sent a message to the National Parliament requesting authorisation to declare the renewal of the state of emergency, as suggested by the government.
When the first imported COVID-19 case was reported in March, the state of Timor-Leste decided to declare a state of emergency. The declaration of a state of emergency is a measure to prevent and control COVID-19 in order to avoid a public calamity.
Timor-Leste has reported since March 28 confirmed cases of infection – 27 of which have already recovered.