Stone Town, Tanzania - September 9, 2015: View on typical narrow Stone Town street with souvenir shops on Zanzibar island. Man is sitting on a small chair in front of his shop. Bikes and motors are parked on the street.Typical buildings with Arabic and Indian influance.
Stone Town, Tanzania - September 9, 2015: View on typical narrow Stone Town street with souvenir shops on Zanzibar island. Man is sitting on a small chair in front of his shop. Bikes and motors are parked on the street.Typical buildings with Arabic and Indian influance.

Tanzanian health authorities on Thursday gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the east African nation as the number of confirmed cases hit 13.

Out of the 13 confirmed cases, eight cases were in Dar es Salaam, two cases in Arusha region, two cases in Zanzibar and one case in Kagera region, Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of Health, told a joint news conference with Zanzibar’s Minister for Health Hamad Rashid in the capital Dodoma.

“Eight out of the 13 confirmed cases were Tanzanians and five were foreigners,” she said without mentioning the nationalities of the foreigners but she added that there was no local transmission of the deadly virus until Thursday.

She said to date, a total of 273 samples including 243 samples in mainland Tanzania and 30 samples in Zanzibar have been tested with results showing 12 positive imported cases and one positive of a contact of an imported case.

Mwalimu said the first confirmed case of a 46-year-old Tanzanian female has now tested negative and a process was underway to discharge her.

She said from March 23, 2020, all people arriving in Tanzania from most affected countries were subjected to 14-day mandatory isolation in selected hotels and designated facilities.

Mwalimu said since President John Magufuli ordered for the mandatory isolation, a total of 111 people who arrived in the country from March 23 were in mandatory isolation.

The minister said the government has received a consignment of medical materials donated by Chinese business magnate Jack Ma, through his Alibaba Foundation to help the country in the control and prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mwalimu mentioned the donated medical materials as face masks, testing kits and protective suits.

She said the medical materials donated by Jack Ma will be distributed to designated facilities for testing and treating COVID-19 cases.

Mwalimu said the Ministry of Health continued to give protective guidelines to the general public on the virus, appealing to the public to observe the guidelines. Enditem

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