Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli expressed his views on leaving churches and mosques open during the coronavirus pandemic stating that they are the salvation people need during this trying time.
As several countries take drastic measures to combat Covid-19 such as limiting public gatherings and banning most of the activities including closure of bars, Tz’s Magufuli seems to have another idea entirely.
According to Magufuli, places of worship are very important in this situation for divine intervention. He said it is only in mosques and churches where “there is true salvation.”
“We are not closing places of worship. That is where there is true healing. Coronavirus is the devil and it cannot survive in the body of Jesus,” Magufuli said.
President John Magufuli wants religious institutions to remain open despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic
Tanzania closed schools and suspended sports events on March 17, a day after the government confirmed its first coronavirus case. In the speech announcing new Covid-19 infections, Magufuli gave additional directives including quarantining travellers from countries that reported cases at their own cost.
Tanzania is the third East African country with most coronavirus, at 12. Rwanda tops the region with 17 cases while Kenya has 15 cases.
Uganda recently confirmed its first coronavirus case. A 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2 a.m. Saturday, aboard Ethiopian Airlines presented symptoms of high fever and poor appetite, according to authorities.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the passenger was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further follow up where a nasal swab was taken for analysis.
According to the health minister, the government traced all contacts the patient made since arrival and urged calm, noting that there is no need for panic or worry provided people abide by the measures put in place to prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the country.
Ugandan’s have been asked to remain calm and abide to the measures which include avoiding hand shaking, hugging and calling toll free telephone numbers to report suspected cases of COVID-19 or to inquire information.
Apart from Tanzania, Uganda’s boarders remain closed to those traveling from countries that are hard-hit by COVID-19, including Italy, USA, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, San Marino, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Malaysia, Turkey among others. Ugandans in affected countries are not exempted.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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