Tanzania Records First Covid-19 Death

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Dar es Salaam — Tanzania recorded its first Covid-19 death on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 when a 49-year old man succumbed to the pandemic at Mloganzila in Dar es Salaam.

"I regret to announce that we have registered the first Covid-19 death in the country," Health minister Ummy Mwalimu said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 49-year old man died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Ms Mwalimu said.

"The deceased is a Tanzanian man who was also suffering from other health complications... .May his soul rest in peace," said Ms Mwalimu.

She said so far, Tanzania has confirmed a total of 19 coronavirus cases.

"As of today, March 31, 2020, we have confirmed a total of 19 Covid-19 cases whereby out of the number, one has died and one has been treated and discharged from the hospital," he said.

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Tanzania confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 16, with Ms Mwalimu saying the case involved a 46-year-old woman who returned from Belgium on March 15 aboard a RwandAir plane, which landed at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

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