Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli has declared his country Covid-19 free.
“We decided to pray to God to save us from the virus. God has answered our prayers,” he said.
Magufuli’s declaration was accompanied by the appointment of new government officials who would continue spreading the good news about Tanzania as a go-to tourist destination even as the epidemic continue to purge worldwide.
International flights in the county resumed back in May allowing various visitors across the world to visit the country.
“Tanzania is safe and this is evident by the many airlines that are bringing tourists,” added Magufuli.
President Magufuli’s administration has also embarked on issuing new guidelines for curbing the spread of Covid-19 by providing a COVID-19 certificate for both locals foreigners wishing to travel across the county where such documents are required.
According to a statement to the media houses from the Ministry of Health, Social Development, Gender and Elderly and Children screening fees will be TSH 40,000 (Sh 1,852) for locals, TSh 60,000 (Sh 2,787) for foreigners living in the country and the US $100 (Sh 10,778) for visitors in the country.
Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, Tanzania has held a tight grip on the truth of what is happening after the last official Covid-19 report back in April that gave a total of 480 cases and 16 deaths.
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Tanzania has never gone into any form of lockdown unlike most countries across the world.
The country has even opened up schools after a brief hiatus after the first cases were reported.
Tanzania’s opposition has been vocal about its citizens being deprived of the truth and has challenged Magufuli’s government to provide the country with true information about the coronavirus infection in the country.