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Tanzania steps up measures against COVID-19

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Xinhua | Tanzanian health authorities on Sunday announced measures aimed at reinforcing precaution against COVID-19 amid a surge of cases in the third wave of the pandemic.

Abel Makubi, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, announced suspension of mass gatherings, including religious congregations and political rallies, until when the pandemic is controlled.

“When such gatherings are necessary to be held, permits should be secured from relevant authorities,” said the official.

He said the measures also include reinforcement of COVID-19 precautionary guidelines in bars, restaurants, meetings, weddings and ceremonial halls.

He said in a statement that all public places should be equipped with thermal scanners, handwashing facilities, adding that people should wear face masks and observe social distancing.

Makubi said weddings should be held at open air, adding that if the weddings are held indoors they should not last long.

Makubi said festivals and music concerts should be done in open air with all precautionary measures observed to the letter.

On Saturday, Tanzania received over one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.

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Xinhua

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