COVID-19: Pawpaw and goat test positive for virus - President Magufuli

COVID-19: Pawpaw and goat test positive for virus - President Magufuli

- A pawpaw, a goat and a quail have tested positive for coronavirus in Tanzania, President John Magufuli has said

- The president said he secretly had a variety of animals, fruits and vehicle oil tested at the national laboratory

- President Magufuli has questioned the coronavirus cases in Tanzania

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President John Magufuli of Tanzania has stated that a pawpaw, a goat and a quail tested positive for coronavirus in the country.

He said this was after he secretly had a variety of animals, fruits and vehicle oil tested at the national laboratory.

The president said this on Sunday, May 3, while questioning Tanzania's coronavirus cases, Daily Monitor reports.

Briefly.co.za gathers that President Magufuli has called on the authorities to investigate "sabotage" at the national laboratory.

According to President Magufuli, people who tested positive for the virus may not be sick. He cast doubt on the credibility of laboratory equipment and technicians.

He said in Swahili: "The equipment or people may be compromised and sometimes it can be sabotage..."

Reacting to the fruit and animals that tested positive for coronavirus, President Magufuli said: "That means there is possibility for technical errors or these imported reagents have issues. Probably, the technicians are also bought to mislead."

In other news, a group of Nigerian Catholic priests have developed a supposed cure for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, a drug called Pax CVD Plus.

The disclosure was made in a statement released and signed by Father Anselm Adodo OSB on Wednesday, April 29, on the official page of the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories.

Father Anselm said that plant-based drugs are seemingly the best approach for coronavirus because these drugs are easily produced, stored and distributed and can be handled by medical and non-medical personnel as they pose a low contamination risk.

He said the constituents of the drug are antiviral and immunomodulatory agents which help to stimulate antibodies.

The cleric said: “The Pax CVD PLUS contains herbs and active phytoconstituents with documented scientific evidence based on clinical reports of their efficacy and safety.”

According to Father Anselm, the research is a joint effort of experts from University of Lagos and University of Benin, a tertiary health institution—Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo state and experts sent by Prof Tunde Salako and Prof Catherine Adeyeye.

Professor Salako is the head of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, while Professor Adeyeye is the director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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