In Tanzania, the deaths of government officials along with a sharp rise in pneumonia cases have fueled existing speculation that the country’s COVID-19 statistics are being kept under wraps.
Tanzania’s health institutions have not reported a single case of coronavirus since last April. According to a Reuters news agency tally, death tolls across the African continent are rising as several countries suffer a second wave of coronavirus, but there are no immediate plans to vaccinate Tanzanians. Instead, President John Magufuli has encouraged citizens to pray and rely on traditional remedies for disease prevention.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll discuss what Tanzania’s alleged COVID denial could mean for its citizens and neighbouring countries’ efforts to stop the pandemic.