New York (Dagbladet): Authorities have denied for months that there is no epidemic. At the same time, probably thousands of people died, he writes The Wall Street Journal In an important article on the plight of the East African country.
Among other things, Avisa visited the Great Condo Cemetery in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.
In the past year, the area has tripled. The first period of the epidemic, according to local workers, was when government officials arrived at night to bury the dead. All who were buried must have died of corona-related disease.
– Absence of Govt
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died in March of this year. He denies the epidemic as a “satanic myth” and has been widely criticized internationally for his handling of the epidemic.
– Thanks to God the corona disease was removed. In a speech in April 2020, Makhoufuli said that Tanzania now has no Govt.
With neighboring countries and large parts of the world closed, Tanzania, home to 58 million people, remained open.
Doctors were banned from registering the corona virus as the cause of death, and those wearing bandages were called unpatriotic.
– Vaccines do not work. If the white man could come up with vaccines against AIDS, it would have come. Vaccines against tuberculosis would have made it a thing of the past. Vaccines against malaria may have been developed. McFuley said in a speech in January that vaccines against cancer would have been developed New York Times.
The president also denied that foreign journalists were coming to the country, and closed down media reports about Govt-19. Magufuli also refused to submit data to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The president officially died of heart failure, but there are widespread speculations that the president was actually infected with the corona virus when he died. BBC. This is the view of diplomats, analysts and opposition leaders.
In early 2021, six more top political leaders fell ill. Several commanders described by authorities as “respiratory diseases” died.
Big dark numbers
Officially, only 220,000 people have died as a result of epidemics across Africa, with a population of 1.3 billion. But the dark numbers are probably gigantic. For example, in the United States, with a population of 330 million, more than 750,000 corona deaths have been recorded.
The director of the WHO Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in October, the agency estimated that about 59 million Africans were affected during the epidemic, with only 8.5 million cases reported.
There is little access to both tests and vaccines. Only 6 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa are vaccinated.
In Tanzania, the official corona death toll now stands at 724 – for example, less than Norway with 922 deaths. However, a study by The Economist shows that there have been 69,000 more deaths than usual in the country since the outbreak began.
Samia Suluhu Hassan, the successor of Makufuli, gradually began to work with international companies again. He has also put forward a plan to vaccinate people. But according to the Wall Street Journal, there is great skepticism about vaccines.
She herself has been vaccinated on live television, but so far only 1.6 percent of people have been vaccinated.
Taken at night
Richard Manongo, 36, tells the Wall Street Journal that he lost four family members and almost died on his own.
– We all lived in the same house. Suddenly, uncle, aunt and two cousins aged 32 and 29 were gone. After they died, officers arrived at night and removed the bodies. On the death certificate, they wrote “severe pneumonia,” Manongo told the newspaper.
Doctors in hospitals also struggled to figure out how to treat the disease, officials said.
“The word Kovit-19 is not allowed,” a doctor at Muhimbili National Hospital told the Wall Street Journal.
Hospitals were ordered to treat other patients who were diagnosed with “severe pneumonia” with corona symptoms.
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