TANZANIA is among 13 countries from Africa which have been removed from the mandatory hotel quarantine list for travellers arriving in the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland through its Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly yesterday- Friday announced that Tanzania will be joining another 12 African countries which have been picked on the list.
Tanzania was among countries which were listed as “high risk” on COVID-19 since last year when it stopped issuing Coronavirus statistics. The former president of the East Africa country by then, late John Magufuli played down the pandemic. Magufuli declared his country as COVID-19 free by a simple reason that “the tiny Coronavirus was kicked out of Tanzania by the blood of Jesus.” This scientific unproven reason by a former president turned to be globe ridicule.
The new Tanzania’s president Samia Suluhu Hassan who took office in March, 2021, after Magufuli’s death from the disease he belittled; COVID-19, has turned tables of her predecessor, now the country has started sharing pandemic statistics.
Tanzania Health Minister Dr Dorothy Gwajima when asked by SAUTI KUBWA on this decision of Ireland, she simple said “we do welcome this move by Ireland as we are taking all measures and carefully check on every travelers arriving in the country just to make sure we contain the spread and protect our people and all visitors.”
There were no immediate reasons as to why Tanzania was lifted from the high risk countries.
The countries that have been removed from the mandatory quarantine list are: Angola, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Zambia.
It has been advised that anyone travelling to Ireland should check the latest information relating to their country of origin on gov.ie.