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Covid-19 Crisis Grows in Tanzania as President Rejects Risks

  • Hospitals swamped with patients displaying Covid-19 symptoms
  • Magufuli discourages face masks, witholds infection data
A woman walks past graffiti by the Wachata artists group to raise awareness about wearing masks in Dar es Salaam.
A woman walks past graffiti by the Wachata artists group to raise awareness about wearing masks in Dar es Salaam.

Photographer: Ericky Boniphace/AFP/Getty Images

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Tanzania’s main hospitals have been swamped by patients displaying coronavirus symptoms, intensive-care units are full and funeral masses have become daily occurrences.

Amid the unfolding health-care crisis, President John Magufuli has declared the East African nation free of Covid-19. He’s eschewed lockdowns, discouraged the use of face masks and banned the release of infection data since April, making Tanzania the only country in the world besides insular North Korea that doesn’t release the statistics.