Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of the Health Tanzania team went to Tanzania this past year. Therefore, the content of this newsletter is based on information obtained from the team in Tanzania either by email or telephone calls.
In 2020, Tanzania was hit hard by the pandemic in April, but then the government stopped counting cases. By June, President Magafuli declared the pandemic controlled and everyone stopped wearing masks. Distancing, especially in the cities, had always been difficult. There was a presidential election in the fall with many rallies with no obvious increase in cases. But in 2021, many people started getting sick. Since health personnel could not report COVID cases, a pneumonia epidemic was declared. It is assumed that the new upsurge is due to the South African variant.
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