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Tanzania: Will Magufuli’s U-turn on Covid restore regional faith in the country?

By Abdul Halim, in Dar es Salaam
Posted on Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:29

Tanzania's President Magufuli
Tanzania's President John Magufuli addresses a news conference during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Tanzania, the largest East African country, is hurting its standing in the region due to its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Will President John Magufuli's recent U-turn make a difference?

After the region reported its first case of coronavirus in March 2020, Tanzania has and continues to walk alone after President Magufuli refused to join his regional counterparts in taking a common stance against the virus.

But after months of denying the obvious, several high-ranking former and current officials have died from what many suspect to be coronavirus. The government has not commented on what killed the top officials.