Tanzanian President John Magufuli has decreed three days of prayer and fasting to overcome Covid-19.
Last year, Mr. Magufuli said the coronavirus was satanic and refused to order vaccines for its citizens.
According to the Tanzanian leader, the vaccines could harm the population, but he has provided no evidence to support this claim.
He said Tanzania succeeded in fighting the pandemic last year and would win again this year.
Zanzibar semi-autonomous islands vice-president Seif Sharif Hamad died on Wednesday – nearly three weeks after his party said it had contracted the coronavirus.
He was the most prominent political figure in Tanzania to have openly declared that he had contracted Covid-19.
President Magufuli said at the funeral of his chief secretary, John Kijazi, who died of an undisclosed illness while on treatment, that it might be another ordeal. With God, they will win.
“Let’s not frighten each other, for we’re not going to win with this spirit. It is possible that we have offended God or been tested, and I insist that we stand by God. I ask you, Tanzanians, if we have slipped, let’s keep praying to God and fasting from today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow.
If religious leaders continue to encourage prayers, we will win. God cannot forsake this nation. ”
In the past, the World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced concerns about Tanzania’s position in the fight against the pandemic.
Tanzania is among the few countries in the world that refuse to release official data on coronavirus cases. She only did so in May of last year.
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