Tanzania has announced that it will publish Covid-19 statistics on a weekly basis.
Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima told journalists in Dar es Salaam that the weekly publication of the Covid-19 numbers confirms that the virus is public health concerns in the country.
Tanzania made its last report on the virus to the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 3, 2021, when the country said it had 25,846 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and There were 719 deaths.
However, the country has come under increasing pressure to release data on the spread of the coronavirus as part of the conditional approval of a $ 574 million emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Previously, the government of the late President John Magufuli, with whom Dr. Gwajima, who served as Minister of Health, denied the presence of Covid-19 in the country.
Dr. Gwajima said Covid-19 data is now available as per WHO requirements.
The country’s Covid-19 data is not disclosed in press conferences, but it is posted online on the WHO website .
“It is not possible to hold a press conference every day to brief reporters. Via the WHO website, we update the statistics weekly so that everyone can access them, “said the minister.
She urged the public to adhere to the recommended measures for coronavirus prevention and to get vaccinated to avoid death.
By October 2, Tanzanians had received a total of 595,938 doses of vaccine. The government expects 489,042 doses of Sinopharm vaccine to arrive in the country from China on Friday.
Dr. Gwajima said an additional shipment of 576,558 doses is expected from the Covax facility this month.
Tanzania conducted mass vaccination in late July after receiving just over a million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccinations from the USA.
President Samia Suluhu began the exercise by publicly receiving her first vaccination, a turning point for a. signaled country that only months earlier denied the pandemic.