- Zambia's Health Minister announced that the border would be closed temporarily.
- The Tanzanian government has been criticized for its anti-virus strategies.
- Tanzania's Health Minister, Ummy Ally Mwalimu, said the government will continue to provide data on coronavirus trends in the country.
The Zambian government has ordered the closure of its border with Tanzania due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus, starting Monday. The move comes after the nation reported 76 coronavirus patients in a city located between its border with Tanzania. So far, the nation has confirmed 367 patients of coronavirus in the country.
Speaking on behalf of Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, the country’s Health Minister, Chineu Chilufya, announced that the border would be closed temporarily. He said that the move would provide an opportunity for new strategies to deal with the virus being put in place. During that time, he said immigration workers across the border would be given new training on how to handle luggage and incoming citizens.
“The situation in Nakonde remains grave and the President is concerned. In this regard, he has directed as follows; that with effect from Monday, May 11, 2020, the Nakonde boarder will be temporarily closed. There shall be no traffic in and out through the Nakonde boarder.”
He said the officers would also be provided with protective equipment against the disease while quarantine equipment was installed to protect officers and Nakonde residents
Tanzania Blamed for its Handling of Coronavirus
The Tanzanian government has confirmed 509 cases of coronavirus, with 183 patients recovered and 21 reported deaths from the virus. The Tanzanian government has been criticized for its anti-virus strategies, while President John Pombe Magufuli has questioned the diagnostic equipment.
Unlike many other countries, Tanzania has not taken strict measures to ban foreigners, although large gatherings, such as disasters and weddings, have been banned. However, the secrecy of the photographed funerals evokes the feeling that the actual prevalence of infections in the country is being obscured.
Coronavirus Data in Tanzania
Tanzania’s Minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Ally Mwalimu, said the government will continue to provide data on coronavirus trends in the country following the completion of technical improvements at the National Public Health Laboratory. She said this when launching a health call center at the Muhimbili Community Health Sciences Center (MUHAS), in Dar es Salaam.
“For about seven days now we have not been able to report laboratory data on coronavirus trends in the country because we are currently undertaking improvements to the national public health laboratory,” she said. Mwalimu said Coronavirus is in Tanzania, and will continue to exist for several months in the country. Therefore, citizens should know how to live with the disease by protecting themselves.
“I urge Tanzanians to stop fearing and continue to take precautionary measures as coronavirus disease is still present in Tanzania, patients with COVID-19-related deaths exist, it is important to note that the disease will last for several months so you must take precautions like other diseases,” said Mwalimu.
The main priority of the Tanzanian government is not to hurt the country’s economy while President Magufuli opposes closing the commercial city of Dar es Salaam.
In a speech, the Zambian president announced Friday the opening of the gymnasium and the casino, while calling on scientists in the country to seek domestic solutions to the fight against the disease. He, however, ordered that entertainment clubs would remain closed until he announced it again.