Tanzania's President, John Magufuli has revealed why his government cannot close down churches and mosques in the East African country over coronavirus.
Speaking at a church service he attended, Magufuli stated that coronavirus is of the devil and cannot survive while in the “body of Christ”.
The President who has a PhD in chemistry from The University of Dar es Salaam (2009), added that churches and mosques are the only place where true healing can be found.
He said; “These Holy places are where God is. My fellow Tanzanians, let us not be afraid of going to praise Him.
“Corona cannot survive in the body of Christ, it will burn. That is exactly why I did not panic while taking the Holy communion."
Tanzania has recorded 12 coronavirus cases so far, leading to a call form restriction on public gatherings.
Opposition leader, Zitto Kabwe criticized Magufuli's statement and also reignited the call for churches and mosques to be closed down to curb the spread of the virus. He said;