6.2bn/- donated in cash, items to combat Covid-19

09Apr 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
6.2bn/- donated in cash, items to combat Covid-19

​​​​​​​DONATIONS in cash and items availed by individuals and companies towards the fight against coronavirus surpassed 6bn/- yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Office has said.

PMO said in a statement aht donations received by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa at his office in Dodoma amounted to 6.226bn/-.

Apart from cash, disinfectants and personal protective equipment were made along with other contributions like fuel to power vehicles used by the national Covi-19 response team, it said.

 “The Prime Minister thanked all individuals and companies that extended their donations to support the government’s efforts to fight Coronavirus,” it stated.

Generous donors include Twiga Minerals Corporation which contributed 4bn/-, businessman Rostam Aziz (1bn/-), Taifa Gas (T) Ltd (100m/-) and Puma Energy (T) Ltd which availed 50,000 litres of fuel to refill vehicles used in the Covid-19 containment efforts.

Others are Huawei Technologies (T) which donated a teleconferencing set as well as thermal imaging temperature measuring system priced at 940m/,- and the Foundation for Civil Society which availed 79m/-.

Former MP Aziz said his contribution will be spent on hand sanitizers that will be distributed to bus operators for commuteruse in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar cities, the statement indicated.

For those wishing to contribute, PMO said the contributions should be handed to the office or to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. Those residing outside Tanzania should make their contributions through account number 9921159801, named the National Relief Fund Electronic Account, it stated.

Tanzania has officially registered 25 cases of Covid-19, five recoveries and one fatality.

As of yesterday, confirmed cases globally surpassed 1.4m people while deaths exceeded 83,000 with over 300,000 recoveries. Deaths in Spain rose for a second consecutive day to reach an overall 14,555 while in Germany, infections passed the 100,000 mark.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was responding to treatment as he spent a third day in intensive care at Saint Thomas Hospital. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city was nowhere near lifting the lockdown.

Talks on how to help Eurozone countries badly affected by the coronavirus epidemic were suspended whereas in China, people were leaving Wuhan City for the first time after the lockdown was partially lifted.

Some crew members of France’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle were forced to come down after they exhibited coronavirus symptoms.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence said about 40 sailors had been placed in “isolated confinement.” A testing team was en route to examine the sailors to prevent the spread of the virus to other crew on board.

The carrier – flagship of the French navy – was in the Atlantic Ocean. It was not due to return to port until 23rd April, but this had now been brought forward. No date was given for its arrival.

Crew members of the US aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, were quarantined on the Pacific island of Guam after an outbreak on their ship. Thomas Modly, acting secretary of the US Navy, resigned over his handling of the crisis.