Researchers have submitted data to the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggesting that the world’s most mutated Covid-19 variant has been found in travellers from Tanzania.
A report submitted to the United Nations agency by a health expert says the strain has several more mutations than any other version recorded so far.
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Meanwhile, little is known about the virus in Tanzania after the East African country stopped releasing data on Covid-19 during the late former president John Magufuli’s time in office, raising fears of a hidden epidemic.
Earlier this year, Magufuli indirectly admitted that the coronavirus was a problem for Tanzania following the death of a number of senior government officials.
It remains to be seen if his successor Samia Suluhu Hassan, the former vice president, will take measures like mandating mask-wearing or ordering vaccines to try to halt the spread of the pandemic.
More: The Independent.co.uk