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E. Timor re-imposes COVID-19 state of emergency

A street is deserted in Dili, East Timor's capital, on April 3, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)

JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- East Timor's President Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres on Thursday re-imposed a state of emergency in the tiny country after the first COVID-19 case in about three months was confirmed.

    The new case is an Indonesian who entered East Timor across the land border with Indonesia's West Timor.

    The presidential decree, approved by parliament, will be in effect for 30 days until Sept. 4.

    It covers tougher restrictions on the entry of people by land, sea or air to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Domestic economic activity is not restricted.

    East Timor imposed the first of four monthlong states of emergency in late March. The third one ended in late June after it was confirmed that all infected people had recovered.

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