Dar es Salaam — Eighty-Four people in Tanzania have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total tally of confirmed cases to 254, health minister Ummy Mwalimu, announced on Monday.
According to a statement by the Tanzanian health ministry, the new patients are spread out in 17 regions of mainland Tanzania including Dar es Salaam (33), Arusha (4), Dodoma (3), Mbeya (3), Mwanza (3), Kilimanjaro (3), Pwani (3) and Tanga (3).
Others are Manyara (2), Rukwa (2), Ruvuma (2), Morogoro (2), Lindi (1), Mara (1), Tabora (1), Mtwara (1) and Kagera (1).
The above numbers are an addition to the 16 new cases that were confirmed earlier in the day by Zanzibar’s health minister. The virus spread to the countryside which had initially been spared the COVID-19 threat, is a reason to worry especially, now that three more patients had succumbed to the virus bringing the total number of deaths in Tanzania to ten.
Ms Ummy, however said that with exception of four patients that require specialized care, all the others admitted were in stable condition.
In a separate development, the US Department of State has said due to growing concerns of the virus globally, it is now working with the government of Tanzania to organize a repatriation flight for lawful residents of US to depart Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
According to Benjamin Ellis, the US press information officer in Tanzania, the US is doing its best to bring its people home from all across the globe, including from remote locations and destinations with strict quarantine orders and travel restrictions.
“The Department of State has no greater priority than the safety and security of US citizens overseas. We are rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day all over the world, Mr. Ellis is quoted to have said.
He revealed that the Department of State has so far repatriated or helped repatriate over 64,000 US citizens from over 100 countries.
Mr. Ellis called on all US citizens abroad to register through the Smart Traveler Enrolment Program and to monitor the relevant US Embassy website to ensure they receive the most up- to date information.