April 21, 2021, 22:27

At Least 45 People Trampled to Death During Tribute to Late Tanzanian President, Reports Say

At Least 45 People Trampled to Death During Tribute to Late Tanzanian President, Reports Say

Tanzanian President John Magufuli died on 17 March at the age of 61 in a hospital in Dar es Salam.

At least 45 people died in a stampede during the funeral of the Tanzanian leader, AFP reported, citing police.

Thirsty-seven more people were injured, according to the newspaper.

It was earlier reported that five people died.

On 17 March, Magufuli died at the age of 61 in a hospital in Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam. While the government maintains its position that the president died of a heart failure after struggling against the disease for a decade, opposition forces claim he had severe coronavirus symptoms.

Earlier, Magufuli had said there was no COVID-19 in the country. He also encouraged residents to pray for three days to combat respiratory illnesses and stressed that he would not impose a lockdown. The Ministry of Health reported that Tanzania had no plans to purchase COVID-19 vaccines.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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