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Colleges and sport to restart in Tanzania in June - Magufuli says

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has announced that university students and final-year secondary students will return to class on 1 June.

Sporting events and learning activities, which have also been halted for at least two months to stop the spread of coronavirus, will also resume then.

But other secondary school and primary school pupils will not be returning yet.

The president’s announcement is another clear indication that Tanzania is determined to go back to business to normal.

Tanzania stopped giving out daily statistics on new infections several weeks ago, but President Magufuli insists that the country’s infection rates have significantly declined.

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He was speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of a new Deputy Health Minister.

Late on Saturday Magufuli removed former Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile, without providing an explanation. The move follows the suspension of the head of the country’s national laboratory after Magufuli questioned the COVID-19 test kits.

Unlike other countries in the region, Tanzania has not imposed a lockdown or imposed strict restrictions on its citizens, though they are urged to social distance, wear face masks and wash their hands.

Some countries, like the United States, believe that the number of cases in the East African nation could be much higher than has been reported, something which the authorities dispute.

 

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