Head of World Health Organisation WHO has appealed to Tanzania to take robust action to combat COVID-19 in the country, where the president has long played down the virus

President John Magufuli has claimed corona virus has been fended off by prayer in Tanzania and refused to take measures to curb its spread

But a recent spate of deaths attributed to pneumonia has struck both members of the public and government officials

And Magufuli on Friday appeared to admit that corona virus was circulating in his country after months of denial

WHO director said a number of Tanzanians travelling to neighboring countries and beyond have tested positive for corona virus

He said this underscores the need for Tanzania to take robust action to safeguard their own people and protect populations in these countries and beyond