Corona Chronicles: Voices from the Field: East Timor



Observations and Reflections on COVID-19 in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste’s first positive case was discovered on 21 March, 2020, triggering fear and panic in the population. This consequently led to the fast approval of a state of emergency or lockdown to deal with a possible worst-case scenario where one third of the population might contract COVID-19 leading to the death of up to 3 percent (Government of Timor-Leste, April 16, 2020).

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