March, 04, 2021The Catholic Church of East Africa says, sixty nuns, twenty five priests and two elders of the laity have died in Tanzania after showing signs of Coronavirus.
Citizens in the country have since been warned to take the necessary Covid-19 precautions following the governments confirmation that indeed the virus was a problem in the country.
President John Magufuli had previously claimed that the disease had been defeated by prayer, causing the Catholic church, the US Embassy and World Health Organization to call for Tanzania to acknowledge coronavirus.
Father Charles Kitima, secretary of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) – an official assembly of Catholic Bishops, said on Wednesday the Covid-19 threat was alive in Tanzania.
“It is upon every one of us to make sure that we take all the required precautions and protect ourselves and others, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions,” he told a press conference in Dar es Salaam.
“People are not tested. That’s a big challenge. The church has about 500 health centres across the country but we are not allowed to test and we don’t have the equipment to do so,” he said.