- This number is the largest one-day announcement in Tanzania since the first such viruses were discovered in the area.
- In Zanzibar, the number has increased, from 24 to 35 patients.
- "If you deal with this type of enemy that you do not see attacking everyone, you have to be careful and take great care otherwise you will be shocked to have been captured."
Tanzania has confirmed 53 new cases of COVID-19 today, increasing the number of people infected by the disease to 147 people. In a statement sent to the media, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said that all patients are citizens of Tanzania. She said there were 38 people from Dar es Salaam region, 10 from Zanzibar, and one from Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kagera, and the Coast.
“You can see I have given a very big figure but we have decided not to tell the truth because Tanzanians must now understand that we are facing a great challenge,” the Minister said. She added that the number of survivors is 11, with 5 deaths. This number is the largest one-day announcement in the East African nation since the first such viruses were discovered in the area.
The announcement comes just one day after President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania asked the nation’s citizens to spend three days, from 17 to 19 April 2020, praying to God to avoid the tragedy of COVID-19 disease. Worship meetings are allowed in Tanzania. In his Twitter post, Magufuli asked the nation’s citizens to pray each one in his faith, God would hear them.
In Zanzibar, the number has increased, from 24 to 35 patients, according to a statement sent to the media by Health Minister Hamad Rashid Mohammed. According to the report, the patients range in age from 20 to 66, and have no history of traveling abroad in recent times.
The Minister of Health has emphasized for people who have symptoms of high fever, coughing and sneezing to appear at Health Centers, or call 190. “It is advisable for a patient with symptoms of the disease not to mix with other patients or people and to stop taking care of ourselves as we continue to spread the disease and death associated with the disease,” said Mr. Rashid in a statement.
Zanzibar Urges Residents to Stay Safe
Second Vice President of Zanzibar Seif Ali Iddi has told the public that the Coronavirus may decline if every community takes great care to protect themselves from this invisible enemy, who attacks regardless of age or gender of a person. He said if the Community insists on following the guidelines provided by the leaders— health professionals including the World Health Organization (WHO)— people can completely eliminate the disease.
Announcing the 18th Meeting of the Ninth House of Representatives in Chukwani, on the outskirts of the City of Zanzibar, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi warned that Health professionals estimate that East African nations, including Tanzania, at least 10,000 people will be infected with Coronavirus by May.
He said the nation is currently in a desperate fight against the Coronavirus that has affected several countries in the world by losing some of their citizens to levels of 800 to over 2,000 people in 24 hours. Those nations are also equipped, equipped with specialized health professionals.
Ambassador Saif has continued to urge the citizens to reflect on this situation, so that they can understand the magnitude of the enemy they face, or else they will be shocked that they have been captured by the enemy and the only hope is to wait for the high rate of deaths.
“If you deal with this type of enemy that you do not see attacking everyone, you have to be careful and take great care otherwise you will be shocked to have been captured,” Ambassador Saif said. “Our President of Zanzibar and the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council has already issued instructions to build a laboratory within three months in the Sky Zone to detect and investigate various diseases including Coronaviruses.”