May 17, 2020 / 1:36 PM / Updated 6 hours ago
Tanzania's Magufuli plans to lift coronavirus restrictions

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said on Sunday he plans to re-open universities and allow the resumption of sports and international flights if the decline in new coronavirus infections continues.

The Tanzanian government closed schools, stopped international flights and banned large gatherings but much of the regular economic activity has continued and religious services have been allowed to continue unlike neighbors like Rwanda and Uganda which imposed total lockdowns.

Magufuli, who has questioned the quality of COVID-19 test kits and at one time asked citizens to pray away the virus, said activities could resume in the coming days.

“If the trend I am seeing continues in the coming week, I plan to open up universities so students can continue with their education,” Magufuli said while speaking at a church service in northwest Tanzania.

“I am also planning as a nation to allow sports to continue because sports is part of entertainment for Tanzanians.”...