Tanzania has on Tuesday March 31, reported its first death from coronavirus, a 49-year-old man who had underlying health issues, the health ministry said.

“I regret to announce the first death of coronavirus patient early this morning. The 49-year old man had other health complications,” Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said in a statement.

The deceased is a Tanzanian man who was also suffering from other health complications….May his soul rest in peace,” said Ms Mwalimu.

She said so far, Tanzania has confirmed a total of 19 coronavirus cases.

Tanzania has already shut all schools and universities in a bid to curb the disease, and from Tuesday parliament cut working hours and limited the number of MPs allowed in the debating chamber.

Other neighbouring countries like Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda  have imposed lockdowns and urged people to stay home so as to curb the spread of the virus.

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