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Significant Increase in Covid-19 Cases in Tanzania, US Embassy Say

Tanzania Covid-19 cases increase

The U.S. embassy in Tanzania issued a health alert on 19th February 2021 where it informs it is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country since January 2021.

The practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited and the Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3 – Reconsider Travel

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states travelers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.  

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The use of masks, social distancing, and other prevention strategies are largely absent throughout Tanzania.

Accordingly, healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care.  

Covid-19 in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

Since then, Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared the country Covid-free.

However, tourism activities have been severely hit and in the year ending December 2020, Tanzania’s travel receipts declined by 59.2%.

On 2nd February 2021, Tanzania’s health minister announced that the country has no plans in place to accept Covid-19 vaccines.


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