Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, an avowed Covid-19 doubter is comatose in India, hit by Covid-19, main opposition leader, Tundu Lissu disclosed today.
Magufuli has been out of public view for nearly two weeks and Lissu said he is now in India receiving medical treatment for the virus.
Lissu said Magufuli’s condition is critical.
Lissu, who lost last year’s election to Magufuli, cited medical and security sources in Kenya for his information.
Tanzanian government spokesmen have stayed mum during days of speculation over the 61-year-old Magufuli’s whereabouts and health.
Lissu told Reuters that Magufuli was flown to Kenya’s Nairobi Hospital at the start of this week and then on to an unknown destination in India.
“He’s comatose since yesterday morning,” he told Reuters, without elaborating.
Kenya’s Nation newspaper cited unidentified political and diplomatic sources on Wednesday saying that an African leader, which it did not name, was being treated for Covid-19 on a ventilator at Nairobi Hospital.
Hospital representatives told Reuters they had no information to disclose.
Magufuli has played down the threat from Covid-19, saying God and remedies such as steam inhalation would protect Tanzanians.
He has mocked coronavirus tests, denounced vaccines as part of a Western conspiracy to take Africa’s wealth, and opposed mask-wearing and social distancing.