Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan deviates from her predecessor’s stance in COVID-19, says it is “not proper to ignore” the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to her newly appointed permanent secretaries during a swearing-in ceremony in Daar es Salaam, Hassan announced that she would create a coronavirus task force of experts who will advise the government on how best to tackle the pandemic.
“They [experts] will tell us more about the pandemic, and advise us about what the world is proposing. We cannot accept everything as it comes, but we also cannot isolate ourselves as an island while the world is moving in a different direction,” she continued.
Hassan was sworn in as president last month after the death of 61-year-old John Magafuli.
Magafuli was a COVID-19-sceptic whose coronavirus policy depended on God and steam remedies to protect Tanzanians.