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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,17TH MAY,2020-Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli on Sunday revealed that one of his two children who had contracted the novel Coronavirus is now healthy and doing push ups.
President Magufuli said that the child, whom he did not name, was locked up in their room using homemade remedies to treat the condition and now they are back on their feet.
“Nina mtoto wangu alipata Corona, mtoto wa kuzaa mimi, amejifungia kwenye chumba akaanza kujitibu, akanywa malimau na tangawizi, amepona yuko mzima sasa anapiga push up,” said President Magufuli during a church service.
The president, who has drawn criticism for being dismissive about the coronavirus outbreak and even ordered a three-day prayer period, has also hinted at reopening schools and allowing tourists back.
Magufuli while still insisting that Coronavirus is like any other disease, says that he will not allow the virus, which has shutdown the whole world and brought economies to their knees – to take over his country.
“Hatuwezi kubali Corona itawale, Mungu wetu atatawala… tumekua na magonjwa kama ukimwi…,” he said.
He has previously dismissed Coronavirus test kits used in Tanzania as faulty alleging that they had returned positive results on samples taken from sheep and pawpaw.
Samples from the pawpaw and the sheep tested positive for COVID-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the coronavirus.