Coronavirus — U.S. Embassy Warns Massive Outbreak in Tanzania

  • The embassy has already published the information on its social networks, as well as on its website.
  • All the evidence shows that there is a massive outbreak of coronavirus infections in Dar es Salaam and other parts of Tanzania.
  • There has been internal and external criticism of Tanzania over the actions of the country's government in the fight against the coronavirus.

The US Embassy in Tanzania has warned US citizens living in the country to take precautions on the risk of coronavirus infections. Earlier today, an email from the embassy in Dar es Salaam to all American citizens in Tanzania about the state of the coronavirus circulated online.

John Joseph Pombe Magufuli is a Tanzanian politician and the President of Tanzania, in office since 2015. He is also the chairman of the Southern African Development Community. Running as the candidate of the ruling party in Tanzania (CCM), he won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on 5 November 2015.

The embassy has already published the information on its social networks, as well as on its website.

“U.S. citizens who remain in Tanzania should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging additional repatriation flights in Tanzania at this time. However, in the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to let us know if you are interested in being contacted.”

All the evidence shows that there is a massive outbreak of coronavirus infections in Dar es Salaam and other parts of Tanzania. The US embassy wants US citizens and their families to stay home and only leave for essential necessities, such as food, and to avoid welcoming strangers into their homes.

The statement added that “many hospitals in Dar es Salaam have been overwhelmed in recent weeks. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for medical care, including for those with COVID-19.” The Tanzanian government has also not released reports on new coronavirus patients since April 29. So far, official records of transmission of coronavirus patients in Tanzania are 509, 183 survivors, and 21 deaths.

However, the US embassy in Tanzania added that it is difficult for them to evacuate its citizens, because the Tanzanian government has canceled all international flights since April 11, and none of the commercial airlines are operating.

Tanzania Criticized

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

There has been internal and external criticism of Tanzania over the actions of the country’s government in the fight against the coronavirus. While various countries in the world and neighboring countries are taking drastic measures, like banning foreigners or locking down the country, Tanzania has decided to give more attention to its citizens. Tanzanian President John Magufuli also said he will never announce a lockdown.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) criticized Tanzania for the delay in taking early measures to deal with the outbreak. The WHO’s head of African continent, Ms. Matshidiso Moeti, said there had been fears about the escalating prevalence of infections in the East African nation.

Tanzania has also been criticized for President Magufuli’s stance to keep the houses of worship open. However, some religious leaders in the country have taken personal steps to close their places of worship for fear of spreading the coronavirus infection.

Recently, President Magufuli questioned the quality of the equipment used in measuring the coronavirus in the country’s main laboratory. This was based on a secret investigation he had commissioned using animal and fruit samples, and some of them were found with coronavirus. Two senior officials of the laboratory have been suspended while investigations are underway.

However, the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and WHO have said that coronavirus testing equipment in Tanzania is free of problems. The Africa CDC Center, and Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire philanthropist, distributed the materials. Tanzania has also been criticized for not providing regular statistics on the disease’s behavior. The last time the figure was released was two weeks ago.

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