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Magufuli locked on herd immunity, sets out reopen dates

President Magufuli has set the dates for when normal life can resume in Tanzania as he declared three days of prayer in the country.

In an address to the Nation, President Magufuli stated that colleges and sporting events in the country would begin on June 1st.

‘Sports help fight COVID-19’

“Looking at the trend that we have seen, I don’t think there is a sports person that has died from coronavirus. Thus, having sports will help us fight corona. So, I have decided that sports, on all levels, will begin on June 1st.” Magufuli said.

However, he said the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Sports would work together to see how fans and other people would practice social distancing.

He also said that tourist flights would be let into the country from May 27th, 2020.

No lockdown

Magufuli has entirely remained adamant about his decision not to implement any form of restrictions of movement in Tanzania.

However, he stopped sports events and any other large gatherings, with flights into the country also not allowed.

Tanzania last made an update on their COVID-19 situation on April 29th, close to three weeks ago. During that period, the cases stood at 509.

Bubbling under

But a recent health advisory by the American Embassy to its citizens stated that the country’s situation was dire. It reported that hospitals were overwhelmed in Dar.

In his speech, Magufuli advocated for herd immunity, which appears to be guiding his government’s handling of the COVID-19 situation.

“When we interact, we are building immunity not just to fight corona, but other diseases,” Magufuli said.

Caution on herd immunity

However, experts are advocating for caution on the assertion of herd immunity.

According to Time, experts still do not know how long immunity against SARS-CoV-2 lasts in the body after recovery.

Thus, they said deliberately exposing oneself, or people to the virus would lead to many deaths.

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