Tanzania’s mode of handling coronavirus in the country has raised a lot of concern as the country has belittled the effect and impact of the pandemic.

Because most of the world is struggling to stop the plague by limiting people’s movement and increasing testing, Tanzania has chosen an unusual approach.

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While there is no template for what works against the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a general consensus that measuring the spread of viruses is a necessary step in fighting viruses.

Tanzania does the opposite. As of April 19, the East African country had not released data on new infections.

Tanzania President, John Magufuli

President John Magufuli questioned the reliability of test kits, closed the national laboratory and declared victory over the virus for a month.

It is unknown whether the test continues.

Foreign missions in the country and in neighbouring countries have raised concern over the manner the country is handling the situation.

The US embassy has urged its citizens to be careful, saying that they are at risk of getting infected in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

Meanwhile, Britain has begun repatriating its citizens.

Kenya recently said that 182 foreigners tested positive at the country’s shared border and were refused entry.

The decision angered the Tanzanian government, and senior officials accused Kenya of sabotaging the Tanzanian tourism industry.

Zambia also closed its borders after a large number of new import cases.

Tanzania will no doubt be the subject of many pandemic response lessons in the coming months and years.

Many health experts are predicting an outrageous outbreak in the country if the East African country continues to downplay the virus.

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