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Tanzania health ministry confirms closure of COVID-19 treatment facilities due to low numbers

Tanzania has shut down 74 out of 85 designated COVID-19 facilities due to low numbers, the country’s health minister has stated.

The Ministry informed the public of the new development when announcing the closure of a facility in Lulanzi, Kibaha District, Coast region.

The hospital will now serve patients suffering from other illnesses.

No patient admitted to facilities

“The last COVID-19 patient at this Lulanzi designated facility was discharged on May 26 and there is no patient that has been admitted to the facility,” Ummy Mwalimu, Health Minister said in a statement to the public.

She said that the country now had eleven designated COVID-19 facilities. They would soon shut them down due to low figures.

“We have remained with 11 designated COVID-19 facilities around the country which are in the process of being closed down as cases of the viral disease continues to decline sharply,” Ummy Mwalimu went on.

The news could indeed be good progress after several bleak projections for Tanzania.

Caution against laxity

She, however, went on to caution Tanzanians against laxity. She stated laxity would lead to a new wave of the disease.

President Magufuli announced that Tanzania was free of COVID-19 in early June, and his words met with scepticism.

Magufuli, who did not impose any form of lockdown within Tanzania, said that the country had done that through prayers.

Sceptic Magufuli vindicated?

In fact, throughout the pandemic, he has expressed scepticism of the testing process. At one point, he said that test samples from goat, pawpaw, sheep tested positive for the virus.

The last update of the disease in the country came on 29th April, when the country had 509 confirmed cases and 21 deaths.

Soon after announcing Tanzania as COVID-19-free, Magufuli restarted the Tanzanian Premier League. They also opened schools late in June, and are now receiving international flights.

The true scope of the illness, however, is only possible once the disease is under control across the world.

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