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Tanzania must publish COVID-19 data to unlock IMF emergency loan

Suluhu Samia Mask Tanzania President.jfif President Samia Suluhu has shown a more hands-on approach to the fight against COVID-19

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 Source: bloomberg.com

Tanzania needs to publish data on the spread of Covid-19 before getting approval for a $574 million emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund, the Washington-based lender said.

Reporting numbers on coronavirus infections and deaths would be an about turn for the government that hasn’t done so since April 2020 when then-President John Magufuli’s administration played down the threat from the disease.

Since his death in March, new leader Samia Hassan has signaled a shift in policy by appointing an advisory team on how to tackle the pandemic and started a process to procure vaccines. The government hasn’t yet given numbers on the disease, though.

The World Health Organization and Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control urged the government on a number of ocassions to begin providing data on the virus.

New president Samia Suluhu has marked a u-turn from how her predecessor handled the COVID-19 situation among others introducing the wearing of masks and constituting a committee to review the virus fight, they have since submitted their report.

Testing has also resumed for travellers either entering or leaving the East African nation.

Source: bloomberg.com