Magufuli to reopen universities and sports events

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has said universities and sports events will resume next month, after declaring that prayer had spared the country the worst of the coronavirus, even as critics say cases are soaring.

Magufuli has repeatedly played down the gravity of the pandemic, and it has been three weeks since the country released official data on case numbers, which stood at 480 with 16 deaths on April 29.

However while the US embassy has said there was evidence of exponential growth and the opposition denounces a dangerous cover-up, Magufuli is proceeding to open up the East African nation.

On Tuesday, Tanzania lifted restrictions on flights and said those entering the country will no longer need to undergo mandatory quarantine.

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