The Tanzanian government has summoned the United States (US) ambassador over the travel advisories it issued over the poor handling of coronavirus in the country.

Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanzania also demand US to explain why the embassy claimed hospitals in Dar es Salaam were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients as it did not reflect the true position on the ground.

Tanzania’s PS for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Wilbert Ibuge held talks with the acting US ambassador Immi Patterson and said the warnings were likely to call distress to his fellow citizens and foreign nationals in the country.

It should be recalled that on Wednesday May 13 and Monday, May 25, on the embassy’s twitter page, which all seem to be intended to alert US citizens in Tanzania and those who intend to visit the country that Dar es Salaam is not safe due to the presence of a large number of patients,” part of the statement read.

The advisories were categorised by the US as global level four health advisory and the PS said the information was not certified as it urged the embassy to be factual.

It is not the first time Tanzania had summoned the US ambassador over “controversial” remarks. In June 2019, the US head of mission was summoned by Dodoma after it issued a terror attack alert.

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