President Magufuli questions COVID-19 testing kits after Pawpaw tested positive
Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has questioned Tanzania’s test kits for the coronavirus (COVID-10) after samples from a goat, and Pawpaw tested positive for the virus.
In a briefing to the nation, President Magufuli said he had instructed his security forces to inspect the quality of the kits.
The samples were from non-human, which included goats, pawpaw, and sheep and were given human names with different age.
“There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation,” Magufuli said, adding the kits should be investigated.
These samples were then submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins.
Samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 testing kits had been imported from abroad, Magufuli said during an event in Chato in the North West of Tanzania.
By Sunday, Tanzania had recorded 480 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths.
President Magufuli’s government has already drawn criticism for being secretive about the coronavirus outbreak and has previously asked Tanzanians to pray the coronavirus away.