Restarting Air Zimbabwe’s Harare/Tanzania Flights Decried

Air Zimbabwe’s decision to resume its Tuesday and Saturday Harare/Tanzania flights (Dar es Salaam) has been described as reckless considering Tanzania’s approach to the coronavirus.

Air Zimbabwe announced Friday that it was commencing its Harare/Tanzania flights on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

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While some have hailed the airline, some are concerned over the move citing Tanzania’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic as a great cause for concern.

Reacting to the resumption of Harare/Tanzania flights, United Kingdom-based lawyer, Alex Tawanda Magaisa said:

Quite reckless given Tanzania’s ridiculous approach to the pandemic. Why insist on vaccinations (which I agree with by the way) and still allow travel to and from a country whose leadership has such a primitive attitude towards the pandemic?

Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli has for months been downplaying the impact of the novel virus saying it had been defeated by prayer.

Magufuli, however, recently admitted indirectly that his country has a COVID-19 problem and urged citizens of the East African country to take precautions and wear face masks, but only locally made ones.

Following his address, the health ministry issued a statement also calling on people to wear face masks and wash their hands to prevent COVID-19 infections.

Magufuli’s remarks came after the World Health Organization (WHO)’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had urged Tanzania to take “robust action” to tackle the outbreak in the country as “the situation remains very concerning”.

Tanzania has not updated its number of coronavirus infections since April as the president has insisted COVID-19 had been defeated.

This is happening when Zimbabwe has since the outbreak of the coronavirus announced a cocktail of measures meant to curb the transmission of the coronavirus.

The Southern African country is currently vaccinating frontline health care workers.

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