3 Turkish citizens infected with coronavirus were evacuated from Tanzania, East Africa, and repatriated to Turkey in a private jet of the Ministry of Health to receive treatment in his country, according to Turkish media.
The three Turkish nationals, identified as Halil A., Eyyüp K. and Oğuzhan A., arrived in a ambulance plane chartered by the Turkish Ministry of Health that landed early today in Istanbul. All three had requested to receive treatment in Turkey, and the Turkish government offers free ambulance planes to repatriate its citizens if they contract the COVID-19 being out of the country.
Tanzania only has officially registered 509 cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths; Nevertheless, the African country does not update its data on the evolution of the pandemic since April 2020, and many international experts fear that the virus is out of control in that country or, as its president, John Magufuli admitted on Sunday, that Tanzania “has a problem with the coronavirus”.
In Tanzania, officially, there is no coronavirus
The controversial Magufuli – nicknamed Tingatinga (the bulldozer) – is a pandemic denier in the style of Bolsonaro the Trump; in April it decreed that the collection of data on the coronavirus should stop, ensuring that it was a “imperialist sabotage”And that the best remedy to combat the virus was to pray and medicinal herbs, claiming that the country had defeated the virus and refusing the vaccine as a “white experiment.”
In Tanzania, officially, there is no coronavirus: there are no infections, there are no deaths by COVID-19 in this country of nearly 60 million people in East Africa. But the truth is that apart from the official discourse, the coronavirus has taken the lives of several politicians high-ranking officials, including the vice president of the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, and the first secretary to the president himself.
Faced with this situation, the general director of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was “very concerned” on Saturday about the situation in Tanzania, where it is believed that the number of infected and victims of the pandemic it could be very high; especially if one takes into account that several countries – such as Turkey now – have warned of cases in which their citizens have been infected with coronavirus after returning from Tanzania.