Covid-19 pandemic is now not a new word to anyone. Mostly known as coronavirus by many of us. Covid-19 has affected every corner of the word, with the economy getting affected negatively and mental health also becoming a big concern.
Although there have been measures put so as to curb the disease which has continued to spread across the globe having over 7 million confirmed cases of the virus and over 300000 individuals that have to succumb to the disease according to John Hopkins University. Unbelievable
The East Africa community or rather nations which comprises of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Were not spared by the pandemic with it hitting hard in Kenya and Tanzania.
For quite some time now Tanzania has not reported their cases despite Magufuli saying that the country has won against the virus and saying that for now, Tanzania has no confirmed cases of the virus across the country thus making it a free COVID-19 country.
President Magufuli’s response to the current coronavirus crisis has been far from exemplary. Some of his actions, like urging pubs to throw post-coronavirus parties and firing those who question his bizarre remedies for COVID-19, could actually put the lives of thousands of Tanzanians at risk and at the same time not even reporting or conducting tests so that it can be confirmed that the country is free of COVID-19 infections across the country.
According to the Sky News, Tanzania’s media is restricted from announcing or reporting what is going on about covid-19. The pressmen trying to say the real situation get arrested,by which for the past few weeks have been the norm following the arrest of various people whom were against the president.
Sky News has also indicated that the Tanzanian health facilities are full to capacity by coronavirus patients. Shockingly, health officials have been threatened not reveal anything to the public, and main question being why could this be happening and yet the president magufuli declared the country to be free of covid-19 infection.
The ongoing debate, which feeds into the political polarisation already prevalent in Tanzania, has been made more acute by the government’s own approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, which to this day remains opaque and unknown to the general public.
The government’s approach seems to be informed by partial denial, inordinate secrecy, sheer incompetence, and ancient superstitions and prejudices but at the same time it seems to save their economy and their day to day activities aren’t affected like other countries that have put lockdown and even movement restrictions and are trying their best to open their country back to the new normal.
The Tanzanian government has not released any data on COVID- 19 in Tanzania since April 29, so there is no current data on the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Tanzania.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 but despite all that the real question comes in if Tanzania has accepted and declared to live their lives normal or the truth is that there are no cases of COVID-19 infection.