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The Tanzanian government has officially banned concerts, festivals, and unnecessary gatherings in a bid to contain the transmission of COVID-19. It has also directed everyone to use public transportation and social distance as the country tries to rein in a third wave of the virus.

The government says the new guidelines are aimed at controlling congestion in public places without affecting economic activities.

Tanzania’s permanent secretary of the ministry of health Professor Abel Makubi said all activities that bring people together including bars, social halls should adhere to the guidelines set by the government.

For when there is a need for large gatherings, citizens would need to request a special permit from local authorities.

On the issue of public transportation, the ministry has instructed hand washing facilities at all bus stops, as well as the bus operators to have thermal scanners to ensure they check temperatures before passengers get on the bus.

Religious institutions have been instructed to keep hand washing facilities at the entrances. Worshipers are required to social distance and wear masks.

Bars, restaurants, and hotels must have temperature checking points, hand washing facilities, and wear masks.

This comes as Tanzania received its first vaccine consignment over the weekend.

So far, only healthcare workers have been inoculated.

The health ministry reports that 682 patients are receiving treatment for COVID-19 up from around 408 about two weeks ago.

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