Social Gatherings Fuel Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Tanzania’s Zanzibar

Tanzania’s Zanzibar authorities said yesterday, social gatherings has fueled a rise in COVID-19 cases on the islands.

Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, Zanzibar’s Minister for Health, Social Welfare, Gender, Elderly and Children, said, since the beginning of Oct, hospitals have been receiving between two and three cases daily.

“The surge in the number of COVID-19 cases have been linked to social gatherings without observing health precautions,” Mazrui told a one-day training for journalists, aimed at raising awareness in COVID-19 vaccinations.

He said, social gatherings, including funerals, religious celebrations, street and house parties, and other outdoor gatherings were fueling cases of the virus.

He urged journalists to help in mobilising people to be vaccinated against the virus, saying the pandemic is still a threat to mankind.

Mazrui also urged people to continue observing precautions issued by the health authorities aimed at controlling further spread of the virus.