#Covid19 test kits in Tanzania discarded as goats and pawpaw test positive

#Coronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli today, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.

The Tanzanian government had randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages.

These samples were then submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins.

Samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the coronavirus.

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