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Goat and pawpaw fruit test positive for coronavirus in Tanzania

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 7, 2020
Coronavirus test kits in Tanzania have raised suspicion after samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw fruit came back with positive results, as the president said there were technical errors.
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President John Magufuli said during an event in the north west of Tanzania that the test kits were imported from overseas, but did not say where.

Topics: Coronavirus Tanzania

He said that in order to evaluate the quality of the kits, Tanzanian security forces randomly obtained non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep. The random samples were assigned human names and ages, and sent to a laboratory to test for coronavirus.

Lab technicians were deliberately not informed about the origins of the samples. The pawpaw and goat samples tested positive for Covid-19, said Mr Magufuli.

The president said the faulty kits meant some people were testing positive for coronavirus without actually being infected, reported Reuters.

He said: “There is something happening. I said before we should accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation.”