25 priests, 60 nuns die in Tanzania in two months

Believers immerse in prayer during a Palm Sunday service at the Full Gospel Bible Fellowship church in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on April 5, 2020. PHOTO | AFP

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  • Although President John Magufuli had declared Tanzania Covid-19 free last June, a recent spate of deaths from “respiratory blockage” in the populace, including top political and government officials — vice-president of the semi-autonomous Zanzibar Seif Shariff Hamad and the president’s chief secretary John Kijazi — has prompted authorities to concede the existence of Covid-19.

The General Secretary of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), Charles Kitima, on Wednesday said more than 25 priests, 60 nuns and two elders of the laity died within two months of various causes including respiratory issues.

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