MEM, which has been circulating on social media these days and months, he said that when you stop testing, the pandemic will stop. The idea behind it is well known: the problem is not the virus, the problem is our response to the virus. Those sharing memes may not have heard of the news, but the recipe has already been tried in Tanzania. And it’s not going well.
What follows is a brief chronicle of tragedy.
March 16, 2020 Tanzania recorded the first case of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.
April 8 Tanzanian President John Magufuli called on believers to pray, believing that it would protect them. He said that the coronavirus is the devil, so it “cannot survive in the body of Jesus Christ, it will burn.”
May 2 Opposition leader Freeman Mbowe is seeking at least three weeks of parliamentary rest after the death of three lawmakers for unknown reasons. He attributed the death of covid-19 to death, and requested inspections of all employees and family members in Parliament.
May 4 President John Magufuli suspended the work of the personnel responsible for testing at the national health laboratory and fired its manager after the laboratory allegedly provided false positive test results. Magafuli laughed at the meaning of the test, saying that he deliberately handed over biological samples of papaya, quail and goat to test the accuracy of the test, and the laboratory stated that he diagnosed these samples as positive for the coronavirus.
May 13 The US Embassy in Tanzania warned that the risk of symbiotic infections in Dar es Salaam is extremely high. It is believed that the number of cases there is increasing exponentially, and the capacity of the hospital will be insufficient. Authorities banned the operation of the private TV station Kwanza Online TV because the TV station issued a warning from the U.S. Embassy on its Instagram account.
ü may Tanzanian authorities stopped reporting the number of cases of the virus.
Victory Coronavirus! Or maybe not? Source: Worldometer
May 21 President Magafuli announced the reopening of the university and the resumption of sports activities. Magafuli said: “According to the existing literature, people’s immunity will increase when they gather. If someone is locked in a house and released them, their body’s immunity will be reduced by as much as 30%,” Magafuli said. The conclusion is that international flights should also continue, and people entering the country should not be quarantined. He said: “Some charter flights are not fully booked by tourists until August. We can’t miss this opportunity.”
Activists accused the government of covering up the true scope of the pandemic, claiming that although official statistics still show 509 confirmed cases and 21 confirmed deaths, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, and across the country, at least There were 412 deaths and 16,000 infections. 20,000 people.
June 8 President Magufuli declared victory over the coronavirus by owing this favorable epidemiological development to the prayers of his citizens. Patients who show symptoms will refuse to be tested and explain that Tanzania does not have the virus.
June 16 The President announced the opening of schools at all levels.
ü July The government has passed a new charter that provides for mandatory registration of bloggers, online discussion forums, radio and television Internet sites, and will “inform on unapproved outbreaks of fatal or infectious diseases in the country or elsewhere.” Concluded as a crime.
ü August The government passed a new law that prohibits all local media from broadcasting foreign content without prior government approval.