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WHO urges Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases

World Health Organization (WHO) has come out to urge Tanzania to resume the reporting of COVID-19 cases in the country.

In a statement issued by WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on sharing of the data as well as implement health measures and prepare for vaccination.

He continued by confirming that many Tanzanians travelling outside the country have tested positive thus risking the lives of people in the country and beyond the border.

The statement comes barely a week following the death of Zanzibar Vice-President Seif Sharif Hamad whose cause of death was linked to COVID-19 as revealed by the party.

Hon. John Kijazi a senior government official also passed away on Wednesday with the cause of death yet to be revealed.

Speaking at the burial ceremony of Mr. Kijazi, President John Magufuli seemed to have admitted existence of the virus calling on Tanzanians to go back to prayers as well as follow health measures.

At the service, former President Jakaya Kikwete could be seen wearing a mask as sell of the products start to crop in major cities despite the President’s reluctance to impose lockdown.

Tanzania last published COVID-19 numbers in May where 500 cases and 20 deaths were reported before the President directed the Ministry of Health to halt the exercise citing doubt in the results.

He then declared the country virus free thanks to prayers and even urged citizens to move around without masks. Recently he criticized the COVID-19 raising questions about its timing.

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