Coronavirus in Tanzania, controversy over "defective tests": a goat and a papaya tested positive for Covid-19, but the WHO responds ...
Tanzania President John Magufuli has questioned the reliability of WHO tests to detect Coronavirus
Magufuli had various samples - including a goat and a papaya - collected and sent to the laboratory, passing them off as "humans", leaving the technicians unaware of the deception
From the tests carried out, a papaya and a goat tested positive for Coronavirus
The World Health Organization responded to criticism by saying it did not agree with Magufuli's views
The director of Africa Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that Tanzania is using the same tests that all countries use
World Health Organization (WHO) test kits to detect Coronavirus have raised suspicions in Salaam, Tanzania, after a goat and papaya tested positive for COVID-19 in what the country's leader has defined as a "technical error". Tanzanian President John Magufuli said he had tried to check the quality of the disease detection equipment, which would have been imported from abroad.
Magufuli arranged for his security forces to receive random samples from goats, sheep and a papaya. The leader of the sub-Saharan nation then assigned them human names and ages and sent them to undergo a bizarre blind test. Laboratory technicians were completely unaware of the origins of the samples.
The test results
As just mentioned, after the test, a papaya, a quail and a goat tested positive for Coronavirus. Currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there is no evidence that a fruit can contract COVID-19, although the disease has recently been found in some animal species. "Something is going on," Magufuli told Reuters. "Bad tests can be evidence that some people tested positive for the disease without actually being infected," he added.
"In the face of this controversy, the president fired the director and the quality control manager of the main laboratory, pending possible investigations on possible errors," said the government, adding that it wanted to make the results of the investigation public once that this will come to an end.
The WHO response
The unusual cases led to a confrontation between the President of Tanzania and the WHO, which expressed itself in defense of the tests used to detect Coronavirus. "We are convinced that the tests [...] are not contaminated by the virus. We disagree with the opinion of President John Magufuli, "said Matshidiso Moeti, director of the international organization for Africa.
Dr John Nkengasong, director of Africa Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said that Tanzania is using the tests provided by Africa CDC in collaboration with the Chinese Jack Ma Foundation: "Tanzania is using the same tests they use. all countries. They are unlikely to be defective. "