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Pawpaw, goat test positive for COVID-19, says Magufuli

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 05, 2020, 04:59:41 PM


Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday questioned his country's coronavirus numbers, and called on the authorities to investigate "sabotage" at the national laboratory.

The East African country had recorded 480 cases of the virus and 16 deaths at its last update on Wednesday.

The government has come under fire from the opposition for allegedly hiding information and failing to take the disease seriously.

Magufuli said that people who tested positive for the virus may not be sick, and cast doubt on the credibility of laboratory equipment and technicians.

"The equipment or people may be compromised and sometimes it can be sabotage...," Magufuli said in a Swahili speech broadcast live through state-run TBC.

Re: Pawpaw, goat test positive for COVID-19, says Magufuli

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 05, 2020, 05:01:27 PM
The accuracy of coronavirus tests used in Tanzania has been questioned by the country's president after a goat and a papaya both tested positive for the disease.

President John Magufuli, whose government has already faced criticism over its handling of coronavirus outbreak and has previously asked people to pray the disease away, said the kits had "technical errors".

He said the COVID-19 tests had been imported from abroad, although he did not give further details.

The president claimed he asked security forces to check the quality of the kits and that they randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a papaya, a goat and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages.

The samples were then submitted to Tanzania's laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians deliberately not made aware of their origins.

Mr Magufuli said the return of positive results on the goat and papaya indicated some people were testing positive despite not having the virus.

"There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation," he said, adding that the kits should be investigated.

Tanzania had recorded 480 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths as of Sunday.

However, unlike most other African countries, its government sometimes goes for days without offering updates - with officials having last done so on Wednesday,

Mr Magufuli also said he was sending a plane to collect a herbal cure being promoted by Madagascar's president.

The mix has not yet undergone internationally recognised scientific testing.

"I'm communicating with Madagascar," he said.

"They have got a medicine. We will send a flight there and the medicine will be brought in the country so that Tanzanians too can benefit."

COVID-19 infections and deaths reported across Africa have been relatively low compared with the Europe, the US and parts of Asia although the continent has extremely low levels of testing - with rates of only around 500 per million people.


Re: Pawpaw, goat test positive for COVID-19, says Magufuli

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 05, 2020, 05:08:20 PM
Tanzania seems like the only true independent African state these days.
This is the only real leader I know in Africa today.
He is approaching the "covid-19 thing" with COMMON SENSE rather than copy and paste laced with fear.

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