Coronavirus kits slammed as ‘dirty game’ after pawpaw ‘tested positive’

Alex Chapman   • 

A pawpaw and a goat have tested positive for coronavirus in Tanzania, according to its president.

President John Magufuli has slammed imported testing kits as a “dirty game” and accused laboratories of lacking credibility.

“The equipment or people may be compromised and sometimes it can be sabotaged,” Magufuli said in a Swahili speech broadcast live through state-run TBC, according to news agency AFP.

“That means there is possibility for technical errors or these imported reagents have issues. Probably, the technicians are also bought to mislead.”

He said he secretly had a variety of animals, fruits and petrol tested using the kits.

According to Magufuli, a papaya, a quail and a goat tested positive.

Several countries in Africa are seeing an “upwards trajectory” in cases of coronavirus, according to the World Health Organisation.

“We’re in the middle of the fight of our lives – all of us around the world,” World Health Organisation’s emergencies program Mike Ryan said.


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