Tanzania has confirmed its first coronavirus death today, on Tuesday 31st March 2020 according to Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu.
The patient who becomes Tanzania’s first coronavirus death is a 49-year-old Tanzanian male, who had pre-existing conditions and was been admitted to Mloganzila Hospital in Dar Es Salaam at the time of his death.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Tanzania rose to 19 yesterday, 30th March 2020 after five more people tested positive, the government said.
The Tanzanian Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said on 30th March 2020 that two of those who tested positive are from Zanzibar while three are from Dar es Salaam.
“Today, we have received test results from the national community health laboratory and confirmed that five more people have tested positive for coronavirus,” Ms. Ummy Mwalimu said.
The Tanzanian Health Minister said more information on the two from Zanzibar will be issued by the health minister from the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
Ms. Mwalimu said two of those from Dar es Salaam are male Tanzanians, both aged 49.
While one of them is believed to have contracted the virus when he met with a foreign national from one of the most infected countries in the world, the other one happens to be on the list of those who were being traced under the contact tracing approach.
The third person is a 21-year old Tanzanian woman who was also on the list of those who were being traced by the government’s Covid-19 control team.
“We are closely tracking the people who had come into contact with those who have tested positive as we continue to urge the public to remain cautious,” she said.