Tanzanian president John Magufuli is finally acknowledging that his country has a coronavirus problem after claiming for months that the disease had been defeated by prayer.
The president’s comments came days after the country mourned the death of one of its highest-profile politicians, the vice president of the semi-autonomous island region of Zanzibar, whose political party had earlier said he had COVID-19.
In fact, the director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has added his voice to growing calls for Tanzania to acknowledge COVID-19. Tedros in a statement on Saturday called Tanzania’s situation ‘very concerning’ and urged Magufuli’s government to take ‘robust action’.
Let’s note that Tanzania has not updated its number of coronavirus infections since April as the president has insisted COVID-19 had been defeated.
President John Magufuli finally on Sunday urged citizens of the country to take precautions and even wear face masks but only locally made ones.