Tanzania has halted flights to and from India amid the coronavirus surge in the Southeast Asian nation, the country’s health ministry said, the latest sign of its increasingly active approach to addressing the pandemic under its new president.
Through this move, Tanzania joins a growing list of East African countries that have stopped flights to and from India, including Kenya and Uganda.
The statement from health minister Abel Makubi dated Tuesday said the suspension of flights enters into force immediately and will apply until further notice.
Exceptions would be made for cargo planes and pre-approved flights on humanitarian, medical and diplomatic missions.
These are among the latest strict measures taken by the cabinet to prevent the spread of the novel COVID-19 since President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office in March.
Hassan’s approach has differed markedly from her predecessor John Magufuli, who downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and encouraged natural remedies to combat it.