Magufuli finally accepts existence of COVID-19, declares fresh prayer sessions

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TANZANIA- President John Magufuli of Tanzania on Friday February 19th 2021 seemingly admitted that COVID-19 Is circulating in his country after months of denial, as he called for fresh prayers to combat the disease.

Magufuli has long played down the virus and in mid-2020 said prayer had rid Tanzania of Covid-19 and no-one in his country needed masks.

The Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) has called on President John Maguguli to declare the presence of Covid-19 in the country – and announced mandatory preventive measures after the Society had lost 25 lawyers.

But a recent spate of deaths attributed to pneumonia has left members of the public and government officials dead. The vice president of semi-autonomous Zanzibar, Seif Sharif Hamad, died Wednesday after his opposition party admitted he had contracted coronavirus.

Magufuli was speaking at the funeral for the head of the civil service, John Kijazi, who also died Wednesday. 

The cause of death has not been revealed, however Magufuli brought up Covid-19 at his funeral, which he cagily referred to as the “respiratory disease”.
 
“When this respiratory disease erupted last year, we won because we put God first and took other measures. I’m sure we will win again if we do so this time around,” he said.

“These diseases, including the respiratory disease, exist, and have killed more people in other countries… we will all die, whether with this disease or malaria or any others. Let’s go back to God, maybe we messed up somewhere.”

Also, the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) has issued new directives aimed at reducing the number of worshippers attending masses in churches countrywide while making social distancing mandatory.

Also, the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) has issued new directives aimed at reducing the number of worshippers attending masses in churches countrywide while making social distancing mandatory.