Africa Centre for Disease Control Director has expressed concern about the lack of COVID data from Tanzania.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr John Nkengasong said that they did not have enough data to determine the situation in Tanzania.
Dr Nkengasong said that they had been reaching out to authorities in Tanzania regarding the COVID situation, but the response has been underwhelming.
“We continue to hope and plead that Tanzania could come forth and report the situation as it is so that we can work collaboratively to stem this virus out of the continent,” Dr Nkengasong told the BBC.
“We continue to reach out [to Tanzania] but we are not having the response that we expect,” he went on.
Tanzania has not released COVID-19 figures since the end of April. At that point, they had confirmed 509 cases, 183 recoveries and 21 deaths.
Magufuli declares virus defeated
Since then, the President, Magufuli, has declared the COVID-19 virus defeated in the country, asking Tanzanians not to wear face masks. He also claimed that the COVID tests were faulty.
He also disproved the statement by the US Embassy warning US residents in Tanzania to remain at home.
More recently, the government also shut down an online TV Station, Kwanza TV, for sharing a health advisory by the US Embassy. The advisory also warned of the COVID situation in Tanzania remaining volatile.
However, the WHO and Africa CDC rejected Magufuli’s assertion, as well as claims that the tests were faulty.
“The tests that Tanzania is using we know they are working very well,” Dr John Nkengasong said. He was speaking to journalists three months ago in a conference call.
The news comes as Africa crossed the 1 million mark.
The Africa Union called for more aggressive action to contain the virus as the continent dreary landmark.
South Africa accounts for over half of the continents cases, confirming over half a million infections.