George Russell in New York
The World Well being Group has pleaded with Tanzania to take extra measures to regulate the coronavirus pandemic as greater than 9 months have handed because the east African nation offered any replace on instances.
John Magafuli, Tanzania’s president, final yr declared the nation “coronavirus free” however medical doctors and well being officers are sceptical.
The Zanzibar regional authorities introduced that its first vice-president Seif Sharif Hamad died on February 17 because of Covid-19.
One in all Magafuli’s closest advisers, John Kijazi, died the subsequent day, formally of a coronary heart assault, however at his funeral Magafuli led prayers to defeat unnamed “respiratory illnesses” ravaging the nation. “Possibly we have now wronged God someplace. Allow us to all repent,” he informed mourners.
Tanzania has reported 509 instances with 21 deaths amongst its 58m individuals, however has not launched any information since Could 2020. Neighbouring Kenya, with a inhabitants of about 52.6m, has recognized greater than 104,000 instances, with 1,817 fatalities.
Customers use a hand-washing station as they enter a market in Dodoma, Tanzania
“This example stays very regarding,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in a press release on Sunday. “I renew my name for Tanzania to start out reporting Covid-19 instances and share information.”
He mentioned the federal government wanted to step up public consciousness that the pandemic was persevering with world wide.
“I additionally name on Tanzania to implement the general public well being measures that we all know work in breaking the chains of transmission, and to organize for vaccination,” Tedros mentioned.
The WHO head mentioned a number of Tanzanians travelling to neighbouring international locations and past have examined constructive for Covid-19.
“This underscores the necessity for Tanzania to take strong motion each to safeguard their very own individuals and defend populations in these international locations and past,” he mentioned.