President John Magufuli of Tanzania, a outstanding COVID-19 skeptic in Africa whose populist rule usually solid his East African nation in a harsh worldwide highlight, has died. He was 61 years previous.
Magufuli’s loss of life was introduced on Wednesday by Vice President Samia Suluhu, who mentioned the president died of coronary heart failure.
“Our beloved president handed on at 6 p.m. this night,” mentioned Suluhu on nationwide tv. “All flags will probably be flown at half-mast for 14 days. It’s unhappy information. The president has had this sickness for the previous 10 years.”
The vp mentioned that Magufuli died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, the Indian Ocean port that’s Tanzania’s largest metropolis.
Magufuli had not been seen in public because the finish of February and prime authorities officers had denied that he was in unwell well being whilst rumors swirled on-line that he was sick and presumably incapacitated from sickness.
Magufuli was one in all Africa’s most outstanding deniers of COVID-19. He had mentioned final yr that Tanzania had eradicated the illness via three days of nationwide prayer. Tanzania has not reported its COVID-19 tallies of confirmed circumstances and deaths to African well being authorities since April 2020.
However the variety of deaths of individuals experiencing respiration issues reportedly grew and earlier this month the U.S. embassy warned of a big enhance within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances in Tanzania since January. Days later the presidency introduced the loss of life of John Kijazi, Magufuli’s chief secretary. Quickly after the loss of life was introduced of the vp of the semi-autonomous island area of Zanzibar, whose political social gathering had earlier reported that he had COVID-19.
Critics charged that Magufuli’s dismissal of the menace from COVID-19, in addition to his refusal to lock down the nation as others within the area had executed, might have contributed to many unknown deaths.