Coronavirus cases hit 24

07Apr 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Coronavirus cases hit 24

​​​​​​​AS the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases hit 24, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday directed regional commissioners to tighten security in selected isolation units countrywide to ensure all those coming from affected countries are quarantined.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

He was addressing regional commissioners and members of defence and security committees from border regions of Arusha, Rukwa, Katavi, Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Mtwara, Mara, Coast, Ruvuma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Kagera, Kigoma and Songwe.

The premier said the move will help control spreading of the virus, as currently there are 12 Covid-19 patients in Dar es Salaam, seven in Zanzibar, and one in Kagera and two in Arusha. “We must enhance security at our borders and other entry points including airports and ports,” he emphasised.

Chief Medical Officers at regional levels need to continue conducting educational campaigns on the novel Coronavirus so that residents there are fed with proper information from reliable sources.

He urged them to ensure availability of necessary medical equipment and protective gear for health workers at entry points as well as regular training to help them prevent being infected with the disease.

“You should tighten security at these centers to ensure no one escapes to the streets before completion of the 14-day mandatory isolation. There should be close follow up of people coming into the country for them to be quarantined accordingly,” the premier   insisted.

The regional commissioners promised to continue implementing all  government directives that aim at tackling the spread of Covid-19.

Ummy Mwalimu, the minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children confirmed four new Covid-19 cases in the country, bringing the number of patients to 24.

In a signed statement, Mwalimu said that infected patients are in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza regions as well as Zanzibar.

The new cases include two announced on Sunday by Zanzibar Health minister Hamad Rashid Mohammed.

The two new cases on the Mainland include a male Tanzanian national aged 24 said to be a businessman and a resident of Mwanza, who arrived in the country two weeks ago through the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) and proceeded to Mwanza on March 29. Samples were then taken to the lab and he was found to be Covid-19 positive, she said.

Another patient is a 35 year old Dar es Salaam resident, a trader.

"All the patients are under close supervision of healthcare providers in special medical facilities in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mwanza. The Ministry of Health is making close follow-up on all people who mingled with the patients to control new cases of the disease,” the minister noted.

The public needs to continue observing all the precautionary measures issued by medical experts such as ensuring they wash hands with soap all the time, avoid handshakes, hugs and sanitizers as well as embracing social distancing and avoiding gathering.

On Sunday the minister announced that hostels of the University of Dar es Salaam popularly known as Magufuli Hostels will now be used to host all travellers from countries hit by Covid-19 arriving in Dar es Salaam by air or ship as they undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Mwalimu said this when inspecting the hostels located in the city’s Ubungo suburb, downhill from the university’s main campus.

The pandemic emerged in Wuhan, central China last December, and has since spread to 177 countries and regions.