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Tanzania to Begin Publicising COVID-19 Numbers after a Year Following Experts’ Recommendations.

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Tanzania to Begin Publicising COVID-19 Numbers after a Year Following Experts’ Recommendations.

The committee that Tanzania’s president formed to evaluate the COVID-19 situation revealed the country had experienced two big waves of the pandemic since last year. The committee was alive to the possibilities of a third wave kicking in – It, therefore, gave out recommendations to be followed by the government in combating the virus that has for more than a year ravaged the world.

While swearing in judges at the Chamwino State House in Dar es Salaam on Monday, President Samia Suluhu received a report from the COVID-19 evaluation committee, which she had formed to assess the virus situation in the country before issuing advice. The report indicated that Tanzania had experienced two big waves of the pandemic since March 2020, when the first cases were reported. While foreseeing the possibilities of a third wave, the committee, through the report, recommended a number of measures that would be instrumental in curbing the pandemic should it intensify. “Since the entry of COVID-19 inTanzania in March 2020, Tanzania has been hit by two big waves and now due to the trend of the disease in other nations, there is the threat of the third wave appearing,” partly read the report from the COVID-19 evaluation committee. The committee advised the president to authorise state agencies to conduct free vaccination meeting World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. It was also the committee’s recommendation that the COVID-19 statistics be made public for citizens to be properly informed before observing the anti-COVID guidelines.During his reign, the late John Magufuli was called out by international partners for allegedly shielding a situation that was getting out of hand as reports emerged that many were dying despite the lack of statistics from the government. The late president was christened a COVID sceptic, going by the way he downplayed the virus, advising Tanzanians to use traditionally induced methods to challenge the virus. Since taking the office in March, Samia has shown commitment to handling the pandemic despite assertions that the country had trounced over the virus. The evaluation committee was formed on April 16.

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