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Jakarta Post

East Timor reports second case of coronavirus



Dili, Timor Leste   /   Fri, April 10, 2020   /   01:10 pm
East Timor reports second case of coronavirus Prime minister of East Timor Taur Matan Ruak, who goes by a popular name rather than his birth name of Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, sent a letter of resignation to the president on Tuesday. (Reuters/Hugo Correia)

East Timor has confirmed another case of coronavirus, health authorities said on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to two.

The infected person had travelled from Indonesia's West Timor region, Integrated Crisis Management Center spokesman, Sergio Lobo, told a news conference.

The tiny Southeast Asian nation with a population of less than 1.3 million reported its first case on March 21. This patient has now recovered, Lobo said.

East Timor's prime minister, Taur Matan Ruak, withdrew his resignation on Wednesday, saying he would stay in power to oversee the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as the government approved a $250-million fund to fight it.

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