By Frank Kamuntu
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli announced on Thursday that universities and colleges will be opened on June 1, a few days after he doubted Chinese COVID-19 testing Kits, saying numbers of Coronavirus cases have dropped in the country.
He made the announcement during the swearing-in of Tanzania’s ambassadors to Kenya, Algeria and Mozambique as well as that of the Health deputy minister Godwin Mollel, at the State house in Dodoma.
Magufuli stated that the decision was made basing on the decrease in COVID-19 cases and said that the relevant ministry should make all arrangements that are necessary within nine weeks, so as to allow students to have all the requirements needed when they return, including loans for those who are eligible.
A-level students preparing for their Form Six national examinations are also excepted to return to school on June 1, however, more time will be needed for other secondary and primary going students.
Magufuli also announced that all sporting events will resume on June 1, encouraging that people must remain physically fit.
As for the spectators, he asked the Health Ministry and Sports Ministry to decide on what should be done so that people continue observing social distancing during the transition.
President Magufuli quoted literature saying that immunity improves when people come together. “If someone is locked up in a house, his/her immunity will have reduced by up to 30 percent by the time the person is free.”
He explained that when people meet, they also build their immunities against various diseases.
Magufuli also announced they will begin to allow tourist flights into Tanzania starting May 27.
He stated that there are organizations fully booked up to August and that this opportunity cannot be missed.
Magufuli said that the tourists will not be subjected to the 14-days quarantine but will have their temperatures checked for anything unusual.
“We want business to go on as planned,” President Magufuli said.