- Magufuli says Tanzanians are God-fearing and have continued to seek him even when faced with difficult situations like coronavirus
- The president had in a number of occasions downplayed the COVID-19, claiming it was being used as a weapon of war
- The latest coronavirus update from Tanzania health ministry was last released when the country recorded 196 cases on April 28
Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli has said his country has won the battle against coronavirus.
Magufuli who spoke when he hosted his predecessors Benjamin Mkapa, Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete, attributed the success to prayers and timely God's intervention.
He said Tanzanians were God-fearing and had continued to seek him even when faced with difficult situations like coronavirus pandemic, Swahili Times reported.
"Even at this time when we are fighting coronavirus, God has helped us win. I don't see anyone wearing a face mask here, this is a clear indication Tanzania is safe," he told his guests.
Magufuli had in the past declared a three-day national prayer as the country turned to God in one of the most difficult times in the wake of the pandemic.
In a statement released on Thursday, April 17, he asked Tanzanians to converge in their respective denominations and pray for God's intervention.
"Fellow Tanzanians, following the coronavirus pandemic, I would like to request you to use three days starting April 17-19 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to pray to God who has power over all things to save us from this disease. Let us all pray in our respective denominations and regions, he will listen,"he said.
Magufuli had in a number of occasions downplayed the COVID-19, claiming it was being used as a weapon of war.
The latest coronavirus update from Tanzania Health Ministry was last released on Thursday, April 28, when the country recorded 196 cases on a single day.
The number has remained static at 509.
Since then, the government opted not to update the public prompting opposition MPs to accuse the government of hiding actual numbers.
At least three MPs including a cabinet minister died in one week under unclear circumstance prompting opposition politicians to boycott sittings.
Legit.ng previously reported that President John Magufuli of Tanzania stated that pawpaw, a goat and a quail tested positive for coronavirus in the country.
He said this was after he secretly had a variety of animals, fruits and vehicle oil tested at the national laboratory.
The president said this on Sunday, May 3, while questioning Tanzania's coronavirus cases.
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