President of Tanzania says ignoring Covid-19 is “inappropriate”

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan said Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic was “not appropriate to ignore,” suggesting a transition from her Covid Septic predecessor who downplayed the disease.

As another sign of change, Hassan also ordered relaxation of restrictions on the media that had been banned before taking office last month.

Hassan has announced that it will create a Covid Task Force of experts to advise the government, saying it will disseminate global views on the pandemic and make recommendations on “relief measures” and policies.

“It’s not appropriate to ignore it. You can’t reject or accept it without evidence from the study,” Hassan told her newly appointed Vice-Minister at a swearing ceremony in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

“They (experts) will tell us more about the pandemic and what the world is proposing. We can’t accept everything, but the world is moving in a different direction. In the meantime, you cannot isolate yourself as an island. “”

Hassan became the first female president in Tanzania last month after John Magufuli’s death. John Magufuli was a Covid Septic who spent most of the coronavirus denying a pandemic and was present in his country before his sudden death at the age of 61.

Magufuli, dubbed a “bulldozer” in an uncompromising leadership style, died of heart disease on March 17, after a mysterious absence for three weeks, but his political opponents carry the coronavirus, officials said. Insisted.

Hassan has vowed to “start where Magufuli is over” and has all turned to potential changes in national policy and openness regarding Covid-19.

Tanzania hasn’t reported Covid-19 data since April 2020, and little action has been taken to curb the spread of the virus, which Magufuli said was evaded by prayer, and no face mask is needed. Insisted.

“We can’t read about Covid in the world. When we reach the section on Tanzania, we’ll find a gap. I think we need to be clear about accepting it,” she said.

In another policy announcement, Hassan ordered authorities “free” of media banned by his predecessor, whose administration was criticized for cracking down on the press.

“We shouldn’t give room to say that we’re suppressing media freedom,” she said.

“Our regulations must also be clear about all crimes and their punishments. We should not use our power to ban media platforms.”

Although the name of the media is not mentioned, last year the Daima newspaper in Tanzania was banned indefinitely, and the broadcaster Wasafi TV and the online network Kwanza TV were shut down.

Tanzania has long been seen as a paradise for stability and democracy in otherwise volatile regions, but has become more vigilant as it slips into dictatorship under Magufuli’s control.

Most foreign media were not allowed to enter Tanzania to report on the 2020 presidential election, in which Magufuli and his then-representative Hassan won the second term in a contested vote.

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