Tanzania Find Technical Glitches in COVID-19 Testing Kits

Coronavirus test kits utilized in Tanzania had been dismissed as faulty by Prez John Magufuli Sunday because he stated they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and pawpaw.

Tanzania Find Technical Glitches in COVID-19 Testing Kits

Magufuli, whose government has indeed drawn criticism for being secretive about the coronavirus pandemic and has previously asked Tanzanians to pray the coronavirus away, stated the kits had technical glitches.

The COVID-19 testing gears had been imported from abroad, Magufuli stated throughout an event in Chato in the northwest of Tanzania, although he didn’t give additional particulars.

The president said he had instructed Tanzanian security forces to examine the quality of the kits. They had randomly obtained several non-human samples, together with from pawpaw, a goat, and a sheep. However, they were assigned human names and ages.

These samples had been then submitted to Tanzania’s labs to test for the coronavirus, with the lab experts left deliberately unaware of their origins.

Samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, the president stated, adding this meant it was seemingly that some people were being tested positive when in fact, they were not infected by the coronavirus.

As of Sunday, Tanzania had posted 480 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths, but in contrast to most other African nations, Dar es Salaam generally goes for days without offering updates, with the last bulletin on cases Wednesday.