Is Tanzania really free from Covid-19? This has been a common question that is ringing in most people’s heads ever since the nation’s president declared it Covid-19 free two times.
President John Pombe Magufuli claimed that Tanzania has managed to defeat the virus shortly after allegations that plant and animal samples had tested positive for Covid-19 virus.
After then, Magufuli ordered the nation not to publish Covid-19 data to the world’s website claiming that Covid-19 might be a coax.
Shortly, he claimed that God had answered his prayers and the virus had been eliminated successfully. He even insisted the his own son had contracted the virus but thanks to God he recovered using lemon and ginger remedy.
Covid-19 Situation Within the 3 Months Period
Tanzania has not announced the Covid-19 cases for over 3 months now. The last time the nation released their Covid-19 cases was back in April when the figures were at 509 cases and 21 deaths. However, there has been allegations that the country is facing a “silent pandemic.”
Few days ago after Magufuli declared his nation Covid-19 free, new reports emerged that Tanzania’s hospitals were overwhelmed.
Through reports that were published in VOA News, the anonymous individual who had been residing in Magufuli’s kingdom revealed that the situation was different from the president’s claims.
According to the Individual, security was tight across the nation’s hospitals. Although there was no ambulances that were moving in and out of the hospitals, health workers were seen wearing Covid-19 protective gears.
On making visits to some few places across his town of residence, no body was putting on a mask and no physical distance was being observed.
On talking to his friend who was working with international organizations, the part was warned to continue adhering to WHO’s guidelines since the nation was still in danger of Covid-19.
Tanzania’s New Covid-19 Figure
The nation is approximated to have over 16000-20000 Covid-19 cases according to the reports by The Borgen Newspaper.
Through the new research that was done by opposition leaders in the country, the found that the country had figures approximating to 16000 and 20000 mark and over 400 deaths from the virus.
The same reports also claimed that government officers have been witnessed carrying out night burial ceremonies which has raised questions among countries. Al Jazeera reported that the retired judge who died in the country had tested positive for the virus but his certificates indicated that he died of “natural” death.
SOURCES :[ Al Jazeera, The Borgen Magazine