WHO says nonetheless has no particulars from Tanzania COVID-19 response
The top of the World Well being Group urged Tanzania on Sunday to share data on its measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying the authorities there had repeatedly ignored his requests, Pattern reviews citing Reuters.
President John Magufuli’s sceptical strategy in direction of COVID-19 has induced alarm amongst WHO officers. A authorities spokesman instructed Reuters on Feb.12 that Tanzania had “managed” the outbreak, but it surely stopped reporting new coronavirus infections and deaths in Might final yr. On the time it had registered 509 circumstances and 21 deaths.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Sunday that Tanzanians testing optimistic for COVID-19 overseas underscored “the necessity for Tanzania to take strong motion each to safeguard their very own folks and defend populations in these international locations and past.”
Tedros additionally repeated a name he made with Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa head, in late January for Tanzania to bolster public well being measures towards COVID-19 and put together to distribute vaccines.
He added that since then he had spoken with a number of authorities there to no avail.
“This case stays very regarding. I renew my name for Tanzania to start out reporting COVID-19 circumstances and share information,” Tedros stated in an announcement on WHO’s web site.
Tanzania authorities spokesman Hassan Abbasi didn’t reply to a Reuters message searching for touch upon Tedros’ remarks.
In an announcement afterward Sunday, Magufuli’s workplace stated the president needed Tanzanians to observe measures to guard themselves towards coronavirus. Nevertheless, it additionally stated that:
“Magufuli desires Tanzanians to … belief and put God first, on condition that carrying masks, social distancing and lockdowns have been seen to be inadequate as international locations that carried out them have misplaced 1000’s in comparison with Tanzania.”
Magufuli attended a funeral service on Friday for a senior official in his workplace whose reason for demise was not made public, and declared three days of nationwide prayer.
On Sunday, Magufuli stated Tanzanians ought to put on solely use locally-made face masks, saying foreign-made ones could also be unsafe.
On Monday, Oman’s well being minister stated his nation was contemplating suspending flights from Tanzania, after 18% of travellers arriving from Tanzania examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Thailand reported on Monday its first case of the extremely contagious COVID-19 variant first recognized in South Africa, in a Thai man who arrived from Tanzania.