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Tanzanian Envoy Warns Kenyan Media Over COVID-19 Reports

Tanzania has been downplaying the coronavirus pandemic

Tanzania’s ambassador to Kenya John Simbachawene has warned Kenyan media against “misleading reporting” about how his country was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

His account was later deleted after a barrage of criticism.

He had also accused Kenyan media, which broadcast in the neighbouring country, of causing panic in Tanzania, saying they should be factual.

The envoy’s comments come after Kenyan media reported that the coronavirus situation in Tanzania was of great concern to East Africa.

Mr Simbachawene said surveillance at the Kenya-Tanzania border would continue and urged all citizens to follow health guidelines.

Tanzania has not been sharing data on the coronavirus situation in the country and until recently had been downplaying the pandemic.

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