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18 Mar 2021

Tanzania’s president Magufuli dies amid Covid rumours

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

He was Africa’s biggest Covid denier, denouncing vaccines as a western conspiracy and declaring that the virus could be defeated by prayer. Now, Tanzania’s president John Magufuli has died at the age of 61, amid rumours that he had contracted the disease. His deputy denies the rumour and blames a long-standing heart complaint.