Dili – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Timor-Leste has increased to a total of six cases. On Tuesday (14 April) two new corona-patients were taken to the isolation center in Vera Cruz, stated Rui Maria de Araujo, the spokesperson of the Integrated Crisis Management Center (Sentru Integradu Jestaun Krize – SIJK).
"There are six confirmed cases: one is recovered, another five are now in the isolation center," Rui de Araujo said on Tuesday (14 April), updating the information about the epidemic from the Dili Convention Center.
On Tuesday morning, at 09:45am, an ambulance collected one Timorese who was quarantined mandatorily in the Katuas Hotel in Timor-Leste's capital city Dili, while about the same time another Timorese was taken from the Fortuna Hotel.
Both persons were brought to the isolation center in Vera Cruz. "These two latest COVID-19 cases were confirmed within 24 hours," SIJK spokesperson Rui de Araujo said.
The first case in Timor-Leste was confirmed on 21 March 2020 and that patient has recovered. After that a Timorese, after having travelled from Kupang (the capital city of West-Timor) to Dili and taken to be quarantined in the Katuas hotel, was tested positive for the corona disease last Friday (10 April).
SIJK then announced that 37 Timorese who also stayed in quarantine at the Katuas hotel were tested by the medial team.
On Sunday evening (12 April) an ambulance visited the hotel twice. Then on Monday (13 April) SIJK announced that indeed two Timorese were confirmed positive of Covid-19 bringing the total to four.
"These two were together with a group from Kupang, now they are in Vera Cruz isolation center. Fortunately their condition is good: no cough, no fever," stated Odete Viegas, the general director of health care at the Ministry of Health and part of the SIJK team, on Monday (13 April).
The following day, on Tuesday (14 April), two more Timorese were tested positive for the corona disease, bringing the total to six.