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Tanzania Records First Death From COVID-19

 

Tanzania on Tuesday recorded its first demise from coronavirus, a 49-year-old man who had underlying well being points, the well being ministry stated.

The East African nation has reported instances since March 16, together with overseas travellers and people with whom they’ve had contacts. One individual has to this point recovered.

“I regret to announce the first death of coronavirus patient early this morning. The 49-year old man had other health complications,” Well being Minister Ummy Mwalimu stated in an announcement, with out giving particulars.

Tanzania has already shut all colleges and universities in a bid to curb the illness, and from Tuesday parliament reduce working hours and restricted the variety of MPs allowed within the debating chamber.

Nonetheless whereas neighbouring international locations have imposed lockdowns and urged folks to remain dwelling, President John Magufuli has performed down the seriousness of the illness.

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“This is time to build our faith and continue praying to God and not depending on face masks. Don’t stop going to churches and mosques for prayers. I’m sure this is just a change of wind and it will go like others have gone,” Magufuli stated at a church in Dodoma earlier this month.

“There are too many threats being spread about corona but this is a small disease and we will beat it in the name of Jesus. I also ask Tanzanians to continue working hard,” he added.

His remark was criticised by different politicians who stated Tanzania ought to truly take into account closing church buildings and mosques to keep away from spreading coronavirus.

“Let’s not argue with science,” stated opposition lawmaker Zitto Kabwe on Twitter.

AFP

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