Tanzania President John Magufuli said Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases there had dropped drastically thanks to the populations’ prayers, and implied the epidemic might soon end.
Magufuli’s government has been criticised for a lack of transparency regarding the toll that COVID-19 has taken, with the last official update on April 29 listing 480 cases, including 16 deaths.
President Magufuli says prayers worked as Covid19 cases r declining in Tanzania.
-colleges to reopen soon.
-some Countries closed borders due to ‘misinformation’.
-dismisses funeral ‘rules’ for those that die of virus.
-His child got Covid & recovered by isolating & using lemons pic.twitter.com/feOe6y31dc
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) May 17, 2020
Despite its warning on Wednesday that the chance of contracting the virus was “extremely high”, the US embassy did not provide details backing up its claim that hospitals in the commercial hub, Dar es Salaam, were struggling to cope.
Speaking at a church service in his hometown of Chato, north-west Tanzania, President Magufuli revealed that his own child had contracted the virus but was now well and “doing push-ups”.
He said the child had made a recovery following a regimen of self-isolation, steam inhalation, and lemon and ginger juice, the BBC’s Sammy Awami reports from Tanzania.
But there is no evidence that these treatments work, doctors say, and the vast majority of people with coronavirus will recover.
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