Magufuli Orders Public Transport to Resume as Schools Reopen

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has ordered public transport to resume normal operations, easing Covid-19 restrictions.

This comes a day after he banned the use of face masks.

Magufuli through a press statement dated 24th May, banned wearing of face masks on the grounds that they create tension among Tanzanians, with some closing down their businesses due to fear.

Magufuli allowed Public Service Vehicles to start carrying passengers as before. He has also ordered all schools to reopen.

He urged Tanzanians to thank God for having defeated the coronavirus pandemic, but advised that they should only continue washing their hands since it is just a matter of good hygiene.

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Magufuli has said the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals is declining, although the government has not released data on infection rates for many weeks.

The President has repeatedly downplayed the risk of the pandemic, causing alarm among neighbouring East African countries and international organisations.

The government has even urged Tanzanians to dedicate three days for thanksgiving this weekend as they say they’re reportedly defeating the virus.

The main issue is that there has been no official data on the coronavirus infections for weeks, and there are concerns that the authorities are trying to downplay the extent of the outbreak.

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Doctors and healthcare professionals are afraid to speak out about coronavirus because of a climate of fear.

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M Nyongesa

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