Updated: March 31, 2020 02:53 AM GMT
Timor-Leste President Francisco 'Lu-Olo' Guterres (black tuxedo) has declared a month-long state of emergency to contain the spread of Covid-19. (Photo: Thomas Ora/UCA News)
Timor-Leste President Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres declared a state of emergency across the country from March 28 to April 26 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
The declaration, in which he called on people to stay at home, comes a week after the nation's first case was recorded in Dili.The president imposed the emergency after obtaining unanimous support from lawmakers in parliament to prevent the virus from spreading.
However, supermarkets and traditional markets remain open, but people are required to wear face masks, practice physical distancing and wash their hands in the space provided.Foreigners are also prohibited from entering the country, while Timorese nationals returning from overseas trips must be quarantined for 14 days.
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