Coronavirus Kits Prove To Be Faulty As Non-Humans Test Positive

Coronavirus Kits Prove To Be Faulty As Non-Humans Test Positive

Coronavirus Kits Prove To Be Faulty As Non-Humans Test Positive

The Tanzanian President, John Magufuli has dismissed the coronavirus testing kits as faulty. This is because “they had randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat, and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages”, Aljazeera reports.

The samples were submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, without the lab technicians knowing about their origins.

After testing, these samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, which suggests that there could be a possibility that some people who were tested positive may never have been infected by the virus in the first place.

Quartz Africa reports that in just a month, Tanzania went from having only 20 coronavirus cases recorded to 480 cases, an alarming increase which puts the country with the highest number of cases in East Africa. However, the country’s president John Magufuli is convinced the number may be exaggerated due to technical hiccups with the imported testing kits.

Magufuli while stating that the kits should be investigated, says “There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation.”

He decided to opt for Madagascar’s herbal mix which is being promoted by the Madagascan President. According to the New York Times, the Tanzanian President says:

“I’m communicating with Madagascar.” “They have got a medicine. We will send a flight there and the medicine will be brought in the country so that Tanzanians too can benefit.”

The New York Times: President Queries Tanzania Coronavirus Kits After Goat Test

Food for thought

Are the faulty testing kits peculiar to this government alone? What is the guarantee that everyone who has been tested positive worldwide is really positive? What if the kits are designed in such a way to record more cases as positive than negative? I guess we may never know or maybe we will get to know soon.

Share your thoughts.


Coronavirus Kits Prove To Be Faulty As Non-Humans Test Positive

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Hmm, that’s interesting. Yeah I wonder about that too, although I’m not saying the Corona virus isn’t a problem. Who knows, maybe we’ll never really know.


This has been a very interesting read. However, we have a lot of cases in the Philippines that the tests has confirmed. And we have quite a number of deaths already. Even that of the doctors and the nurses that were handling the patients have already passed away. So sad.

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Reply to  Christy

True. The existence of the virus and the death of people are real. However, the faulty kits could be responsible for a hike in confirmed cases.


it is a challenging and saddening time, many are dead and sick. it is very unfortunate.


Africans should be expecting this type of drama because they need to start looking for solutions inwardly rather than depending on those using them as experiment. I hope Nigeria Government will learn.


Not sure if my comment went through – this is an interesting read! Unfortunate time in our lives.

blair villanueva

Bad karma for those who delivers faulty test kits. It is so frustrating that there are people who will take advantage of this crisis just to earn hefty cash.


It is so inhumane to take advantage of this situation. I am not sure when people will understand, they havent learnt even after the pandemic has hit situations. Why do not they understand that we are too small in front of good karma and nature?

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