Magufuli declares Tanzania free of coronavirus

10 Juin, 2020, 00:30 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Magufuli declares Tanzania free of coronavirus

In May, the US Embassy in Tanzania issued a well being alert warning the danger of contracting Covid-19 was "extremely high" as hospitals in Dar es Salaam have been "overwhelmed".

The Tanzanian government also rubbished reports by the United States embassy, that the country's hospitals in Dar es Salaam were overwhelmed with patients.

He said the health minister had told him that they only have 4 Covid-19 patients in Dar es Salaam.

World Health Organization accused the government of not publishing its data on the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

He thanked Tanzanians for complying with his guidelines and says prayers helped according.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) however expressed doubts over the announcement noting that the Tanzanian government has refused to publish data on COVID-19 in the country for the last one month.

Magafuli believes the virus was eliminated by God who saved the whole country from dying due to the pandemic.

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"Corona in our country has been removed by the powers of God", President John Magufuli declared at a church service on Sunday.

"The corona disease has been eliminated thanks to God", the Tanzanian president told a church in Dodoma.

On 29 April, the last day official data was released, there were 509 cases, with 21 deaths in Tanzania.

"I want to urge you Tanzanians not to accept donations of masks, instead tell the donors to go and use them with their wives and children", he added.

Tanzania's main opposition party on Tuesday said its chairman had been hospitalised after being beaten up in a "politically-motivated" attack as police said they would investigate the assault.

While many African countries have been praised for their response to the virus, Tanzania's Magufuli believes the pandemic has been greatly exaggerated and is being used by unnamed forces to sabotage the economy.



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