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Vice-president of Tanzania dies from coronavirus.

Image Credit: The EastAfrican

The Vice-President of Zanzibia, Tanzania Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad died at the age of 77 due to COVID-19. He was hospitalized on January 31st, and found to be positive for the virus.

On Wednesday, the president of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council Hussein Ali Mwinyi announced the death of the vice-president. He declared seven days of mourning.

At around 5am this morning, Maalim Seif passed away. Maalim died while undergoing treatment at Muhimbili Hospital where he had been admitted since February 9.

Zanzibar’s President Hussein Ali Mwinyi.

Tanzanian President John Magafuli sent condolences to Zanazibar’s President. He tweeted,

I have received with profound shock the news of the death of Hon. Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, the First Vice President of Zanzibar. I send my condolences to the President of Zanzibar Hon. Dr. Mwinyi, Family, Zanzibaris, ACT-Wazalendo members and all Tanzanians. May his soul Rest in Peace.

President John Magafuli.

Tanzanian President John Magafuli considered the country to be free of COVID-19. He didn’t believe in lockdowns, social distancing and use of masks, and none were implemented in the East African country. He also banned the release of data of any COVID-19 infections since April 2020, making it the only country in the World, besides North Korea, that didn’t release any data regarding COVID-19.

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