Health Minister: Wearing masks in Tanzania not mandatory but…

The Minister of Health, Ummy Mwalimu has declared that wearing of masks is no longer mandatory as the country experiences a low number of COVID-19 cases.

Ummy made the declaration at a press conference held in Dar es Salaam on Thursday saying the situation has improved as 60 percent of Tanzanians who are above 18 were already fully vaccinated.

However, Minister Ummy warned wananchi to keep adhering to precautions including washing hands.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Tanzania in March 2020 until September 7, 2022, the Minister told reporters, confirmed cases already recorded in Tanzania stood at 35,747 and 808 deaths.

Data collected from the National Public Health Laboratory and health centres on September 7, this year, indicates that of the 289 tested people, 23 were confirmed to be infected by COVID-19.

“Also, seven people admitted were not vaccinated of which one of them was receiving oxygen therapy treatment,” she said.

The Minister urged the local government authorities to implement the measures to prevent spreading of COVID-19.

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