Tanzania records first coronavirus death

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Tanzania confirmed its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, health minister Ummy Mwalimu said in a statement.

The 49-year-old Tanzanian man had been admitted to Mloganzila Hospital in Dar es Salaam for treatment.

“Ninasikitika kutangaza kifo cha kwanza cha mgonjwa wa COVID-19 (ambukizo la virusi vya corona) hapa nchini kilichotokea alfajiri ya leo tarehe 31 Machi 2020,” Reads the statement.

According to the Minister, the deceased had pre-existing conditions.

By Monday, Tanzania had 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus and  Mwalimu said that one other person has recovered from coronavirus.

Last week, Opposition leaders in Tanzania criticized the government’s response to the coronavirus after President John Magufuli said he would never close down places of worship.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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