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Tanzanian President John Magufuli with his wife, Janeth Magufuli, in Dodoma, Tanzania Tanzanian President John Magufuli, second left, and his wife, Janeth Magufuli, left, in Dodoma, Tanzania, Oct. 28, 2020 (AP photo).

Magufuli’s Disastrous COVID Denialism in Tanzania

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Africa Watch by email every week.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has consistently downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic despite warnings from experts that his country is experiencing a surge in infections, threatening to overwhelm its health facilities. Magufuli’s skepticism has drawn rebukes from global health officials who worry that his refusal to take preventive measures may also undermine efforts to slow the spread of the virus across East Africa. The death of a senior official in the semi-autonomous Zanzibar region this week, apparently from COVID-19, may finally break Magufuli’s intransigence. ...

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