The US embassy in Tanzania has issued a statement alerting US citizens in Tanzania of the extremely high risk of getting Corona Virus in the country. The US says many hospitals in Tanzania have been filling up beyond capacity in the past few weeks. As a result, this could affect the quality of medical services being offered to patients, especially those suffering from COVID-19.
“Many hospitals in Dar es Salaam have been overwhelmed in recent weeks. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for medical care, including for those with COVID-19,” the statement reads.
The US urged its citizens to stay at home because there is a high risk of being infected with COVID-19 in Tanzania. According to the statement, all evidence shows the virus is spreading very fast in Dar es Salaam and in other areas too. Consequently, US advised citizens to only go out for essential products and services.
“The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Dar es Salaam is extremely high. Despite limited official reports, all evidence points to exponential growth of the epidemic in Dar es Salaam and other locations in Tanzania. The embassy has strongly recommended that US government personnel and their families remain at home except for essential activities and limit into private homes the entry of anyone but regular residents,” the statement reads.
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Tanzania has not released any information concerning the state of Corona Virus in the country since April 29th 2020. As a result many people are not aware of the current cases of COVID-19 in the country.
US said it would not be flying its citizens home in the near future. US citizens in Tanzania will stay there for an indefinite period of time. However, citizens were asked to register themselves in order to be assisted when the opportunity arises.