DODOMA, 9 January 2021 – Tanzanian President John Magufuli has thanked visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for not wearing a mask, claiming it proves Tanzania is COVID-19 free.
“I want to thank minister Wang Yi. He knows in Tanzania we don’t have Corona. That’s why he’s not wearing a mask,” Magufuli told his Chinese guest.
“I will shake his hand as we head to share a meal together,” Magufuli added.
Minister Wang Yi was the only one in his delegation not to spotting a mask.
One satiric news commentator on Saturday said “whatever President Magufuli claims was proved by Wang Yi not wearing a mask was disproved so many times over by members of his delegation who were fully masked up”.
Tanzania is ready to become the gateway for Chinese enterprises to explore the eastern and southern African markets and will join hands with China to usher in a new era of common development between the two countries, Magufuli told the visiting Chinese foreign minister.
Tanzania has confirmed 509 coronavirus cases with 21 fatalities and 183 full recoveries, according to the online global coronavirus data reporting website managed by Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Tanzania was the first stop in a five-nation Africa tour which will also take Wang Yi to Seychelles, Bostwana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.