Tanzania’s COVID-19 cases climb to 147 as three days for national prayers start

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Tanzania has registered a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, with 53 new confirmed cases recorded on Thursday and Friday, bringing the total to 147, the Ministry of Health said.

In a statement, Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of Health said all the new cases were Tanzanians.

Of the 53 new COVID-19 cases, 38 were recorded in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, one each in Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Coast, Lindi and Kagera regions with Zanzibar reporting 10 new cases.

The ministry also reported one new death, bringing the death toll to five since the virus was first reported in the country on March 16.

Some 11 patients have recovered and four of the remaining 131 patients were in serious condition caused by other medical ailments, according to the ministry.

On Thursday, Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared three days of prayers beginning Friday over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the health ministry had warned that the COVID-19 infections could soon spread to communities as the east African nation started to record local transmission cases.

She said Tanzania has moved away from recording imported cases to documenting local transmission cases of the deadly viral disease.

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