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President Samia Suluhu took over three months ago as leader of Tanzania - from John Magufuli, a prominent coronavirus sceptic who died in March from heart complications, opening up the prospect of a new approach to Covid.

So has Tanzania changed after a long period of denial and doubt about coronavirus?

What has the new president said about Covid?
She has admitted the virus is circulating and urged people to take precautions such as:

hand-washing
using masks
social distancing
In June 2020, after going through the first wave of the pandemic, President Magufuli declared the country coronavirus free and, at least initially, did not encourage the use of face masks or indicate Tanzania would acquire vaccines.

"I believe... that the corona disease has been eliminated by God," he said.

President Magufuli also promoted:

prayers
physical fitness
steam inhalation
herbal remedies

And on steam inhalation and other remedies, President Samia's break with her predecessor has been less categorical.

She has said:

people should not be discouraged from using steam inhalation and she had read it could be effective in the early stages of infection
it is not right to "totally ridicule and say no" to herbal remedies
"If you feel steam inhalation helps you, go and do it," President Samia said.

"If you feel taking a particular drug will help you, do it."

But there is no evidence supporting steam inhalation as an effective remedy against Covid.

And Tanzania Medical Association head Shadrack Mwaibambe says the government should not be talking about it "because we [the authorities] have decided to follow the science".

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