The vice-president of Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar has died, nearly three weeks after his party said he had contracted Covid-19.
No official reason has been given for the death of Seif Sharif Hamad, popularly known as Maalim Seif, at the age of 77.
He was the most prominent politician in Tanzania to have openly declared that he had the virus.
Health experts have accused the authorities in Tanzania of downplaying the threat posed by Covid-19.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has called for prayers and herbal remedies to counter it.
Mr. Hamad was a senior member of the opposition ACT Wazalendo party, which has been critical of the government’s policy on Covid-19.END.