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WHO urges Tanzania to release Covid-19 data
WHO urges Tanzania to release Covid-19 data
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Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has released a statement urging Tanzania to "scale public health measures against COVID-19 and to prepare for vaccination" and to share "data in light of reports of COVID-19 cases among travellers." Tanzania had last shared its Covid-19 data in May 2020.

"This situation remains very concerning. I renew my call for Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases and share data. I also call on Tanzania to implement the public health measures that we know work in breaking the chains of transmission and to prepare for vaccination," the statement read.

Climate & Environment
Fire has erupted on Mount Kilimanjaro
Fire has erupted on Mount Kilimanjaro
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On Sunday a fire has erupted on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The fire could be observed near the middle of the mountain and "efforts to extinguish it are still ongoing" according to the Tanzania National Parks service.

According to the newspaper "The Citizen", people from neighboring communities helped to combat the fire, but because the fire broke out at a higher altitude, the extinguishing work was difficult.

Regional News • Africa
Tanzania: Former President Benjamin Mkapa dies aged 81
The late Benjamin William Mkapa, third President of Tanzania, during World Economic Forum on Africa 2010.
The late Benjamin William Mkapa, third President of Tanzania, during World Economic Forum on Africa 2010. Credit: Copyright World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org)/Photo by Aly Ramji / Mediapix / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Benjamin Mkapa, the former President of Tanzanzia, has died at age 81. The news were broadcasted by Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli alongside a declaration of a seven-day national mourning period.

Mkapa led from 1995 to 2005 and was the leader of regional peace mediation efforts. He also played a part in the ending of the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007.