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Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared the East African country “coronavirus-free,” local media reported.

President John Magufuli attributed the claimed success over the worldwide pandemic to prayers and fasting that the people of Tanzania have offered to God.

“It gives me joy to be the leader of a country that puts God first, God loves Tanzania,” Jamvi TV in Tanzania reported.

“The works of the devil will always be defeated in Tanzania because Tanzanians love God and that is why even the corona has been defeated by God,” Magufuli told a Catholic congregation in the capital Dodoma.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in NamangaKenya closed its borders with Tanzania due to rising cases of imported COVID-19 [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]