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Tanzania Head of state John Pombe Magufuli has taken a different stand on Covid-19 existence after nine months of declaring his country covid-19 free.

Speaking at a church service on Sunday, February 21 Magufuli admitted that the disease exists and urged citizens to observe measures set by WHO to fight the disease.

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Magufuli stated that the government was not against wearing of masks and even asked people to buy and wear masks made by the country’s ministry of health.

“I have not said people should not wear facemasks, don’t misquote me, however, some facemasks are substandard, if you have to wear them, please consider those locally made. Most people who have been affected are in urban areas. We will defeat this virus by faith,” said Magufuli.

The President further directed Tanzanians from all religions to continue praying so that the deadly disease can disappear from the world.

“Let us continue putting our faith in God because other methods such as wearing masks, social distancing and lockdowns are not effective. Countries implementing them are still recording deaths in thousands,” said Magufuli.

Magufuli also denied claims that the country was experiencing a surge in covid-19 cases.

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This came days after WHO advised Tanzania to start reporting daily COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released on Saturday, February 20 WHO asked the country to disclose daily cases of the infections in the country.

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“I renew my call for Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases and share data. I also call on Tanzania to implement the public health measures that we know work in breaking the chains of transmission and to prepare for vaccination,” said Tedros.

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