The government of Tanzania has for the first time made public COVID-19 statistics in the country.
According to President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who released the report on Monday during her maiden press conference since she became president, Tanzania has recorded 100 new Covid-19 cases since the third wave of the viral disease broke out across the globe.
70 of the 100 patients are said to be in critical condition and on ventilators.
Suluhu further urged Tanzanians to take precautionary measures against (Covid-19) as directed by Healthcare Professionals.
“I urge my fellow Tanzanians to continue to take precautionary measures against Corona (Covid-19) as directed by our Healthcare Professionals such as to regularly wash our hands with running water and soap, wearing masks at all times and always maintain social distancing,” Suluhu said while speaking at State House in Dar es Salaam.
Since she took office on March 19, following Magufuli’s death, President Hassan has adopted a completely different approach to that of her predecessor in tackling the covid-19 pandemic.
In her first days in office, President Suluhu announced that she would be re-evaluating the county’s position on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying Tanzania cannot continue to isolate herself as if we are an Island regarding the pandemic.
Suluhu also announced that she would constitute a committee of experts to evaluate the Covid-19 pandemic and advise the government on the way forward.
“On the issue of Covid-19, I think I should form a committee of experts to look at it professionally and then advise the government. It should not be silenced, rejected or accepted without professional research,” she said.
Covid-19 vaccines in Tanzania
The Tanzanian government has also announced that it will spend at least $470 million to purchase Covid-19 vaccines and bail out sectors that were severely hit by the pandemic.