- Tanzanian President Magufuli has claimed that his son recovered from the coronavirus after self-medicating with home-made remedies and he was doing better
- The leader also said he would not close borders since he respected his neighbours and did not want to ruin their economies
- Magufuli said Covid-19 infections were dwindling at a higher rate and he would soon open schools and allow sporting activities
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Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has revealed his child recovered from Covid-19 after taking lemons and ginger.
Magufuli said the child was isolated after contracting the virus and self-medicated using the said "remedies" after which he completely recovered.
Speaking in a church service over the weekend, the head of state said the child was doing well and even doing push-ups after beating coronavirus.
"My child got coronavirus, my own child that I brought into this world. The child locked himself in the room and treated self using lemons and ginger," Magufuli said.
"I cannot lie when standing at the altar of God because I respect my God and so do not think that I have not faced this virus," he added.
On border closure, Magufuli said he found it illogical and unnecessary and he would not go down that path.
"And that was why I did not close up the boundaries because I respect my neighbours and if I do so, I will have denied them their economy," the president said.
He also said flights would be allowed into his country since some airlines had booked flights into Tanzania up to August and those tourists would not be required to quarantine.
"When they arrive and their temperatures are taken and no symptoms of coronavirus, there is no need for quarantine. Let them go and spectate on animals," Magufuli said.
The head of state said Covid-19 infections were reducing at a higher rate and he would thus open schools and sports activities would reopen in a week.
This came days after the embassy of the United States (US) in Tanzania warned its citizens of high cases of coronavirus in the country and urged them to take precautionary measures.
Tanzania has not released any data on Covid-19 cases since Wednesday, 29 April with Magufuli repeatedly downplaying the alarming health crisis.
The embassy said hospitals in Dar es Salaam and other parts of Tanzania had been overwhelmed with patients.
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