The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli on Monday June 8, declared the East African country “coronavirus-free”.
The president thanked priests and worshippers for not wearing masks and gloves to protect themselves from the virus as he claimed the success over the pandemic was due to prayers an fasting that th people of Tanzania offered to God.
“It gives me joy to be the leader of a country that puts God first, God loves Tanzania.
“The works of the devil will always be defeated in Tanzania because Tanzanians love God and that is why even the corona has been defeated by God.”
This is coming after the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the government’s strategy on the pandemic which includes not publishing data on the number of Coronavirus cases in the country.
As at April 29 when the last official data was released, 509 cases and 21 deaths had been recorded in Tanzania.
It was reported by BBC that Mr Magufuli had said last week that only four patients were receiving treatment in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. He also dismissed a US embassy warning that hospitals in Dar es Salaam were “overwhelmed” and that the chance of contracting the virus was “extremely high”.
President Magufuli declares Tanzania free of Coronavirus