Tanzania has registered its first case of COVID-19, becoming the tenth country in Africa to have a confirmed case of the virus.
Health officials in the country announced the case on Friday, 11:45PM (EAT), saying the patient is a 36-year-old man who is a resident of the capital, Dodoma.
“Given the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world, I am not surprised that the virus is in our country,” said Mr. Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzania’s Minister for Health, & Community Development.
He, however, cautioned the public against misinformation and assuring them of the Tanzanian government’s ability to curtail the situation at hand.
“Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation driving fear in our country. We will continue to provide COVID-19 education, support, and advice to citizens while using appropriate measures to protect the public’s health.”
The patient is reported to have visited Italy and France between February and March.
Ummy Mwalimu added that it is working in-line with other sectors to see who the infected patient came into contact with.
The authorities said the patient has since been isolated.
Africa now has 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The country’s that have confirmed cases of the virus are; Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Tanzania.