A week after the United States advised against all travel to Tanzania its embassy in the East African country has said it is “aware of significant number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021”.
The US said on Wednesday that Tanzania, whose president has advised citizens to shun coronavirus vaccines, is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and its healthcare facilities could be quickly overwhelmed.
In a statement, the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam said it was “aware of a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases since January”.
“The practice of COVID-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited … healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis.”
the U.S. embassy warned that Tanzania’s health facilities could be quickly overwhelmed if the situation continued.
Tanzanian leader John Magufuli has said citizens should avoid vaccines and the country does not need a lockdown because God will protect his people.
Homespun precautions such as steam inhalation, he said, were better than dangerous foreign vaccines.
In another development, officials have dismissed allegations made by The Open University of Tanzania that coronavirus is “spreading fast” in the country.
The institution’s administrators had breached health protocols and had expressed a personal opinion, the education minister said in a statement.