The number of COVID-19 cases in Tanzania has jumped to 480 after 196 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.
The new figures include those that had been announced by the Zanzibar Minister of Health on the same day.
The rising figures in Tanzania is a big worry to the region which is is interconnected for trade routes to the sea. It is feared that failure to halt the Coronavirus spread by any of the nations in the EastAfrican block, would steal expose the neighbouring countries including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, who have been fighting to halt the spread.
Making the announcement on Wednesday, the Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the country had also registered six more deaths bringing the number of fatalities to 16 since the virus was first recorded in Tanzania over a month ago.
According to the Tanzania Premier, of the 196 new cases 174 are from Tanzania Mainland whereas 22 are from Zanzibar.
He also told reporters that the numbers of those who have recovered from the virus now stood at 167 from 48, out of those who have healed 36 are from Zanzibar whereas 83 are from Mainland Tanzania.
He called on the general public to stop disseminating false information on the deaths because not every death has to be related to coronavirus.