- Health Minister Mwalimu confirmed that two patients in the country had survived the virus.
- According to the minister, there are 17 patients who are still on treatment and their condition is good.
- A number of the biggest hotels in the country have begun terminating services due to the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tanzania’s Ministry of Health announced a new case of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the number of patients in the country to 20. According to a statement by Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, the patient is a 42-year-old American citizen. The new patient was close to someone who had traveled abroad, Mwalimu says, and was later diagnosed with the virus after returning to Tanzania.
In a statement, Ms. Mwalimu also confirmed that already two patients in the country had survived the virus. “On March 31, one of the patients at the Temeke hospital in Dar es Salaam has been confirmed to have been survived and has been allowed to return home and now make a total of two survivors,” the minister’s statement said. On Tuesday, Tanzania announced the first death of a coronavirus patient in the country.
So far, according to the minister, there are 17 patients who are still on treatment, and their condition is good. On Monday this week, the minister noted that the government has been tracking “all close contact with patients,” and urging all citizens to continue to take precautions to prevent the disease,” explained Mrs. Mwalimu.
On that day she announced three patients from Dar es Salaam and two from Zanzibar. In Tanzania, infected patients have been diagnosed are from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, and Kagera. As of January 1 to date, more than 1.8 million travelers have been examined for body temperature testing at 27 border stations, including airports and ports. While the population is rising in Tanzania, neighboring East African countries are also getting worse.
The Pain of Coronavirus Arrives at the Hotel Business
A number of the biggest hotels in the country have begun terminating services due to the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure of the hotels is based on the fact that the virus has no cure, treatment, or immunity. There has also been a decrease in a number of foreign arrivals after many airlines canceled their travels.
Sea Cliff Court Operations Director (Hotel & Luxury Apartments), Ilona Kadri said through a statement to distributors, guests and stakeholders of the hotel that services at the hotel will be terminated from April this year due to a Coronavirus pandemic. Kadri said due to their unpredictable COVID-19 virus, they have decided to close the hotel for a while until the situation
“We are sorry that this decision must be made, and we know that it will affect our distributors, our guests and employees. We will be monitoring the situation closely; once things are in good condition including removal of the travel ban, we will open it as soon as possible and return to business as usual.”
Serena Africa Hotel CEO Mahmud Jan Mohamed said in a statement that they have closed the hotel until June 15, this year with their existing hotels and camps in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Kirawira and Goat Stones due to the threat of coronavirus.
He said, “we have been closely monitoring the issue of COVID-19 as well as the impact it has on our business and elsewhere in Africa. It is indeed difficult today to know the human and financial effects of coronavirus worldwide in this industry.”
The director said that due to the anticipation of a decline in business rates by 2020 as well as government directives and protocols, the hotel’s management focuses on the special priority in protecting their employees.