Tanzanian President John Magufuli
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday urged employers in the east African nation to stop treating workers unfairly on the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said Magufuli made the appeal in his message to mark the May Day.

Magufuli said employers in both public and private sectors should not treat workers unfairly on the pretext of the COVID-19 crisis that has affected economies across the world, said the statement. He said the government acknowledged the contribution made by workers toward national building.

He said this year’s May Day will not be marked by celebrations to avoid mass gathering in the wake of the COVID-19 virus outbreak but he urged people to continue working hard, said the statement.

“We should continue working hard. The outbreak of the virus should not discourage us. The world is passing through hard times caused by the COVID-19 virus but this should not discourage us from forging ahead,” said Magufuli.

On April 22, Magufuli ruled out a lockdown of the business capital Dar es Salaam amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the move was aimed at saving people from difficulties and saving the country from an economic meltdown.

He urged people to stop panicking but observing preventive and protective guidelines on the virus and at the same time participating in national building activities.

“Let’s give people facts about the viral disease. We should stop giving information that creates panic among members of the public,” said the head of state.

On Wednesday, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said 196 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country from April 23 to April 28, bringing to 480 the latest total number of cases.

Majaliwa said out of the 480 patients, 16 have died and 167 have recovered since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the east African nation on March 16.

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