US issues COVID-19 health alert to citizens in Tanzania

A security officer dispenses hand sanitizer to a passenger at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

A security officer dispenses hand sanitizer to a passenger at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

AFP/Ericky Boniphace

DAR ES SALAAM - The United States has issued a health alert to its citizens in Tanzania.

The American embassy in Dar es Salaam says the country hasn't issued any data on COVID-19 since the end of April.

READ: Trump abruptly ends press conference after spat

But the embassy says evidence points to an exponential growth of the disease.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed and there's concern it could result in life-threatening delays for medical care. 

The US State Department is urging its government staff to stay indoors.

Flights in and out of the country have been suspended and the US is not planning any repatriation flights.

Source
eNCA