Tanzania has for the first time in over a year made public COVID-19 statistics confirming 100 new COVID-19 cases.
The news comes at a time when the world is battling the third wave of the virus and a right direction undertaken by President Samia Suluhu during a press conference at State House, Dar es Salaam.
President Samia Suluhu further confirmed that out of the 100 new cases, 70 of them are in critical condition and placed under ventilators.
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Her Predecessor the late President John Pombe Magufuli denied existence of the virus as he called on the citizens to turn to prayers so as to combat the disease. In what was a major turn around, he termed COVID-19 just a normal disease just like HIV and TB.
Following his death in March 2021, President Samia vowed to undertake the global pandemic head on and even appointed a special taskforce to look into the matter and issue a detailed report.
The news was welcomed by the international community who cited denial within the government as they confirmed that many were suffering the effects of the virus and that if it is not addressed, hospitals will be overwhelmed.
It was during a meeting with the elderly in Tanzania when President Samia stepped out wearing a mask for the first time. She called on the elderly to take precaution against the virus.