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Coronavirus: Tanzania’s first confirmed patient recovers

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 27 (Infosplusgabon) – The first COVID-19 (coronavirus) patient in Tanzania has reportedly recovered, as she has tested negative and may soon be allowed to rejoin her family, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu announced on Thursday.

 

However, Mwalimu said one more case, out of 273 tested, has been confirmed positive for the deadly virus, taking the total number so far in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to 13.

 

The first case, a 46-year-old woman, tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after returning to Tanzania on 15 March aboard a Rwandair flight from Belgium. She had also visited Sweden and Norway.

 

“Out of 273 samples taken 260 tested negative while the other 13 recorded a positive result. However, what is encouraging is that all the patients are doing well. Actually, one of the patients (first confirmed case) has recovered, leaving us with 12 cases under observation,” she said.

 

The minister said of the confirmed cases, eight are in Dar es Salaam, two in Zanzibar, two in the northern region of Arusha and one in the north western region of Kagera. Eight cases are Tanzanians and five foreign nationals.

 

Tanzania has taken a number of precautionary measures to check the spread of the virus, including closing schools and banning of all forms of public gatherings across the country.

 

 

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