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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 supplied any replace on instances.

John Magafuli, Tanzania’s president, final 12 months declared the nation “coronavirus free” however docs and well being officers are sceptical.

The Zanzibar regional authorities introduced that its first vice-president Seif Sharif Hamad died on February 17 on account of Covid-19.

One among 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. “Perhaps we’ve wronged God someplace. Allow us to all repent,” he instructed mourners.

Tanzania has reported 509 instances with 21 deaths amongst its 58m folks, however has not launched any information since Might 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 stated in a press release on Sunday. “I renew my name for Tanzania to begin reporting Covid-19 instances and share information.”

He stated the federal government wanted to step up public consciousness that the pandemic was persevering with around the globe.

“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 stated.

The WHO head stated a number of Tanzanians travelling to neighbouring nations and past had examined optimistic for Covid-19.

“This underscores the necessity for Tanzania to take strong motion each to safeguard their very own folks and defend populations in these nations and past,” he stated.