Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania over the weekend.
Tanzania warns against COVID-19 fourth wave
Tanzania’s chief medical officer Dr Aifello Sichwale urged Tanzanians to take necessary precautions against the fourth wave of COVID-19 that has been reported in some countries, calling the new COVID-19 variant “deadly.”
In a statement released on Saturday, Dr Sichwale said that Tanzanians should avoid unnecessary gatherings and wear masks.
His warning comes at a time when the outbreak of a deadly fourth coronavirus wave named Omicron variant, is reportedly causing fear in various countries.
The new variant was first identified in South Africa and has since been reported in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.
On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there was a new variant of the Covid-19, called Omicron, which spreads quickly.
“The Ministry will keep monitoring and testing all travellers at the airports, ports and in all borders points,” Dr Sichwale said.
He urged Tanzanians to exercise hand washing, use sanitiser, exercising and use natural remedies as advised by health professionals.
Tanzania would keep a close eye on all countries with high cases and take all necessary actions, Dr Sichwale promised.
The government will also continue with the time-to-time provision of information to the public about the outbreaks of diseases.
Nissan considers establishing car assembly in Tanzania
Motor Manufacturer Nissan Tanzania Limited said over the weekend that it considers establishing an assembly plant in the country, saying it has observed potential signs of growing automobile market in the East African nation.
The company’s chairman Tim Jaques revealed this on the sidelines of a launching ceremony of a Nissan Navara vehicle that has just entered the Tanzanian market.
Jaques pointed out that discussions were in progress with the Tanzanian authorities on the plan, saying this is part of an initiative by the company to participate in the economic development of Tanzania.
“We are open for discussion but also very willing to participate in the national economy building because we have been in Tanzania for some time now and we have seen there is a huge sign of a growing car automobile sector,” The Guardian newspaper quoted Mr Jaques as saying.
He said the availability of a conducive environment for investment in the country creates room for the production of quality products among investors and manufacturers.
Three die, dozen hospitalized in Pemba after consuming turtle meat
Police in the Micheweni district of Pemba said on Saturday that three children died after consuming turtle meat, with twenty-two others hospitalized in the district hospital.
The three children who died come from a single family.
North Pemba police commander Juma Sadi was quoted as saying that those in the hospital were doing well.
This is not the first time that people in Micheweni die after consuming turtle meat.
Such incidents are common in that part of the Pemba Island with Sadi calling it “unfortunate” as experts have made repeated calls for people to stop consuming the meat, saying that it was poisonous whose consumption might lead to death.
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