Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who’s a denial of the coronavirus pandemic has died of COVID-19

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We Tanzanians have not locked ourselves down, and I don’t expect to announce even a single day that we are implementing a lockdown because our God is still alive, and he will continue protecting us Tanzanians,” the late president once told a crowd.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who drew widespread criticism for his denialism of the coronavirus , has died of Covid only five months after he won a second term in a disputed election. He was 61.

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on state television on Wednesday. Magufuli fell ill on March 14 and had been receiving treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital, she went to confirmed that he has died

“We have lost our courageous leader, President John Magufuli, who has died from a heart illness,”

Prior to his death, Magufuli hadn’t been seen in public since Feb. 24, sparking speculation on social media that he was critically ill. Opposition leader Tundu Lissu said on Twitter last week that the president had Covid-19, drawing a rebuke from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, who urgedcitizens to ignore “baseless social media rumors.”

“But we shall also continue taking precautions, including steaming. You steam, at the same time pray to God, and going on with your daily activities so that you eat well and your body builds immunity against the coronavirus.”

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