DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania has on Tuesday March 31, 2020 confirmed its first coronavirus death, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said in a statement.
The 49-year-old Tanzanian male, who had pre-existing conditions, had been admitted to Mloganzila Hospital in Dar Es Salaam for treatment.
Tanzania had 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Monday March 30.
One person has recovered—the first patient to contract the virus—according to Ms Mwalimu.
Ms Mwalimu urged Tanzanians to take precautions to prevent spread of infections, and to report at any medical centre if they develop any symptoms of the respiratory illness.
The government has suspended social gatherings, concerts and ordered the closure of schools and colleges.
It has also installed hand-washing facilities at the entrance of all offices, hospitals, bus stops and shops.