Tanzania has reported fifty-three new cases of Covid-19, raising the national tally to 147.
Health minister Ummy Mwalimu in a briefing on Friday said the new cases were reported in the commercial hub Dar es Salaam (38), semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar (10), Mwanza City on the shores of Lake Victoria (1), northern Kilimanjaro (1) eastern Pwani province (1), Lindi region (1), and Kagera in northwest Tanzania (1).
Ms. Mwalimu also confirmed that the number of deaths had risen to 5.
“We are sad to announce that we have lost one patient to Covid- 19 raising number of death to five,” Ms Mwalimu told journalists.
According to the health minister, 127 patients of the cumulative total are in stable condition while four others are in a critical state due to underlying health issues.
Since the country reported its first case on March 16, eleven people have so far recovered from the virus.
“I would like to remind citizens to stay focused and follow laid-down precautions to prevent further infections, including washing hands with water and soap, observing physical distancing and avoiding crowded places,” she added.
The Covid-19 disease, which was first reported in Wuhan, China in December, has killed at least 149,884 people worldwide with at least 2,219,162 infections.
According to World meter’s account on Wednesday, some 560,912 people have recovered globally.