President John Magufuli passed away on Wednesday 24th March 2021. He was considered a controversial political figure in African politics. During his tenure, he was criticised for implementing policies that forced certain political activists into exile and for banning pregnant girls from attending school. Magufuli’s successor, Samia Suluhu Hasson, was sworn in as President on Friday 19th March 2021.
In March 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic spread to Tanzania, where for the first few months the Tanzanian government followed the World Health Organisation’s recommended procedures for tackling the virus.
In June 2020, Magulfi announced that the virus was non-existent at a public gathering. He stated that Covid-19 had been conquered by prayer and there would be no more Covid testing or lockdown. From this point, wearing masks or social distancing was not a requirement by law. Magulfi had stated that the country would not accept any Covid-19 vaccines until they had been approved by Tanzanian’s scientists. To this day, there has been no data published on Covid cases or recoveries from Tanzania.