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President claims Tanzania is free from coronavirus 'by the grace of God'

June 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has claimed his country has eradicated coronavirus "by the grace of God," but urged people to continue taking precautions.

(CNN)Tanzanian President John Magufuli has claimed his country has eradicated coronavirus "by the grace of God," but urged people to continue taking precautions.

President Magufuli celebrated churchgoers during the service for not wearing masks, claiming that was a sign the country had overcome coronavirus and people were no longer afraid.

Last week, the President said hospitals in the major city of Dar es Salaam, had only four Covid-19 patients remaining.

Tanzania has not released any data on coronavirus cases since April 29.

In May, the US Embassy in Tanzania issued a health alert warning the risk of contracting Covid-19 was "extremely high" as hospitals in Dar es Salaam were "overwhelmed. "

Early on, Magufuli dismissed the seriousness of coronavirus in Tanzania, urging his citizens to "pray coronavirus away," believing the "satanic virus can't live in the body of Jesus Christ. "

Tanzania has eased coronavirus restrictions as universities, high schools, and international travel have all reopened.

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