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Tanzania government introduces COVID-19 directives

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By Kevin Koech

The Tanzanian government has shown commitment towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic after issuing new guidelines to curb infections.

In a statement dated Monday, May 3, Tanzania’s Health Minister, Prof Abel Makubi noted that they gave the new directive based on the global situation and new COVID-19 variant.

“Based on the global epidemiological situation, and the covid-19 variants emergence, there is increased risk of their importation into our country,” the statement said, “as such, the united republic of tanzania government has decided to elevate and enhance prevailing preventive measures, especially those with regards to international travel.”

Among the new directives is that local and foreign travelers would need to present a COVID-19 negative certificate on arrival.

“The test should be based on the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) using samples that were collected 72 hours before arrival to Tanzania,” the directive says further.

Another one is that arriving travelers would also be subject to a rapid test, with each test costing 25 USD for each traveler.

They also imposed a mandatory quarantine for those arriving from abroad, regardless of the route they took.

Foreign travelers will get mandatory quarantine facilities that the government of Tanzania has chosen. Returning Tanzanians, meanwhile, would quarantine at their homes.

The Ministry of Health also made it mandatory to wear masks, wash hands and keep physical distance where appropriate.

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