Tanzania’s new president appears to be adopting a new, scientific approach to combat the coronovirus epidemic.

President Samia Sulu Hassan said on Tuesday that she would form a technical committee to advise on the scope of COVID-19 infection in the country east of Africa and how to respond to the epidemic.

Hassan said in Swahili that COVID-19 is “not something we should silently refuse or accept without scientific testing.”

We will do medical research that will tell us the scope of the problem and advise us about what the world is recommending, along with our own expertise.

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Haasan commented, which was broadcast live, following the swearing in of key government officials in a hall of the State House, the official residence of the President in Tanzania’s largest city of Dar es Salaam. Over 100 top government officials were present, most of whom did not wear face masks or kept distance from each other.

Hassan’s comments are a dramatic switch from the policy of his predecessor, the late President John Magufuli, who was one of Africa’s premier COVID-19 deniers. He In June last year, it was claimed that Tanzania rid itself of COVID-19 through a three-day national prayer. He Rejected the scientific approach to prevent and treat disease. He Discouraged the use of face masks and instead promoted prayer, physical fitness, and herbal remedies.

Magufuli’s government fired other opinionated officials and some were arrested.

FILE - On this Tuesday, March 16, 2021, file photo, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan speaks during a visit to the Tanga region of Tanzania.  (Ap photo / file)

FILE – On this Tuesday, March 16, 2021, file photo, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan speaks during a visit to the Tanga region of Tanzania. (Ap photo / file)

Hassan was in his second term as Vice President when Magufuli went out of public view in late February. The populist president was not seen in public for 19 days, sparking speculation that he was ill with COVID-19. Hassan announced Magufuli’s death on 17 March, stating that it was due to heart failure.

She History made when she was sworn in as the first female President of Tanzania on 19 March.

Opposition leaders in Tanzania allege that 61-year-old Magufuli died of COVID-19, a disease he died of.

Magufuli warned Tanzanians against the use of vaccines against the disease. He Instead trade and international tourism were promoted, eager to avoid the economic pain of neighboring countries that imposed lockdowns and curfews and restricted international travel. He Refused to ban public ceremonies.

Hasan also ordered media houses in his address on Tuesday that he was reopened during his predecessor rule. She Regional officials were also urged to encourage freedom of expression so that their grievances could be expressed without intimidating the members of the public.

Hassan said, “I am hearing on some media outlets, mobile TV was banned. I want those media to be allowed to operate as per the laws of this country. They need not say Is that we are suppressing the freedom of the press. ” .

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Rights groups have said that since 2015, Tanzania’s government has stepped up censorship to ban or suspend at least six newspapers. They include Tanzania’s leading English-language daily newspaper, The Citizen.

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file photo, the election of an internal party to decide the presidential candidate of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, the then Tanzania's then Minister of Public Works and presidential candidate John Magufuli. Speak in, which he later chose.  , In Dodoma, Tanzania.  (AP photo / Coughlan said, file)

FILE – In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file photo, the election of an internal party to decide the presidential candidate of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, the then Tanzania’s then Minister of Public Works and presidential candidate John Magufuli. Speak in, which he later chose. , In Dodoma, Tanzania. (AP photo / Coughlan said, file)

Last year, Magufuli’s government suspended a newspaper associated with one of the country’s leading opposition leaders, Freeman Mbe.

The rights group has said that the authorities used the 2015 Cyber ​​Crime Act to prosecute journalists and activists for social media posts.

Tanzania’s government has also regulated independent research and public access to independent statistical information using the Statistics Act of 2015, denying citizens alternative sources of independently verified information, the report said.