Tanzania's coronavirus test kits

The World Health Organisation has rejected claims by Tanzanian President John Magufuli that coronavirus test kits in his country have been faulty.

“We are convinced that the tests… are not contaminated with the coronavirus,” WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said in a media briefing, in context of Tanzanian president claims that coronavirus test kits in his country have been faulty.

“We are not in agreement with (Magufuli’s) point of view,” Moeti added.

The statement comes after Magufuli on Sunday said Tanzania’s Coronavirus test kits had been defective, as they had provided positive results after tests from a goat and a pawpaw fruit had been submitted.


Goat, Sheep, and Pawpaw tested Positive for Covid-19 in Tanzania.


Tanzania is using the same test that everyone is using,” Nkengasong said, noting that it was improbable the tests were faulty.

Social distancing is hardly practiced in Tanzania, where mosques and churches remain open. President Magufuli has also suggested praying and herbal steam baths could help prevent infection.

Tanzania has reported 480 coronavirus cases so far.