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Covid-19: Tanzania’s Infections Shoot to 284 with 30 New Patients

The coronavirus pandemic has worsened in Tanzania with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa saying 30 new samples had tested positive, increasing the number of infections to 284.

Tanzania’s cases are second to Kenya which stand at 296 with 14 deaths.

Tanzania recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 16.

This implies that on average, the country registers seven new cases, one of the highest infection rates in the region.

So far, the virus has killed ten people in Tanzania.

Premier Majaliwa, who spoke today Wednesday at a national prayer at Karimjee Grounds in Dar es Salaam, urged the public to avoid situations that could lead to being exposed to the virus.

It remains unclear why Tanzania has refused to suspend big gatherings and public transport as the infections spread across the vast country.

Tanzania’s actions could undermine regional efforts to defeat the fast-spreading virus.


The Tanganyika Law Society has since called on government to impose a 21-day lockdown; encourage social distancing and mass testing among other measures to counter COVID-19.

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