Tanzania leader, Dr John Magufuli has declared his country COVID-19 free, ZBC News reports. Magufuli who chased WHO out of Tanzania and reportedly sourced herbal medicine to cure COVID-19 from Tanzania while addressing worshipers in Dodoma said;
I want to thank Tanzanians of all faiths. We have been praying and fasting for God to save us from the pandemic that has afflicted our country and the world. But God has answered us. I believe, and I’m certain that many Tanzanians believe, that the corona disease has been eliminated by God,
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Magufuli also made a similar statement the previous Friday at a meeting in Tanzania:
The health minister told me that we only have four patients in Dar es Salaam but this will not stop rumours to the contrary.
We need to be careful because some of these donations to fight coronavirus could be used to transmit the virus.
I want to urge you Tanzanians not to accept donations of masks, instead tell the donors to go and use them with their wives and children.
Tanzania stopped publishing official COVID-19 data on 29 April when cases were just over 500. Magufuli also dismissed a US embassy official who said hospitals in Dar Es Salam were overwhelmed with patients.