• As of Sunday, Tanzania had recorded 480 cases of Covid-19 and 17 deaths. There are claims that the deaths might be more.
• Magufulisays he is considering reopening the country’s football league, and that he will not lock down Tanga or Dar es Salaam.
DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania President has sensationally claimed that they have tested pawpaw and a goat for coronavirus, tests that returned positive.
“There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation,” Magufuli said in Chato in the northwest, Tanzania, questioning the quality of the Chinese testing kits.
The president said on Sunday that he had instructed Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits, and they had randomly obtained several non-human samples — a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep — but had assigned them human names and ages.
“These samples were then submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins,” Magufuli said.
Samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for Covid-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the coronavirus.
Magufuli, whose government has already drawn criticism for being secretive about the coronavirus outbreak and has previously asked Tanzanians to pray the coronavirus away, said the kits had “technical errors”.
'NAFIKIRIA SIKU ZA MBELENI KURUHUSU LIGI IENDELEE'
“Mtu anazungumza funga Dar es Salaam, funga Tanga, SIFUNGI! Ni lazima Watanzania tuendelee kuishi, na kiukweli hata siku za mbeleni nafikiria hata kuruhusu ligi iendelee,” Rais John Magufuli#AzamTVUpdates #AzamTVUpdates pic.twitter.com/uFchbLmwdS
— Azam TV (@azamtvtz) May 3, 2020
He even said he is considering reopening the country’s football league, and that he will not lock down Tanga or Dar es Salaam.
“Tanzanians must continue living. I won’t lockdown Tanzania,” he added.
He also attacked international media from countries where “coronavirus is killing more people and not reporting about it” but reporting about Tanzania’s cases.
As of Sunday, Tanzania had recorded 480 cases of Covid-19 and 17 deaths. There are claims that the deaths might be more.