Police in Tanzania have arrested a couple reported to be spreading false information about the coronavirus.
According to police in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam the couple ridiculed government’s efforts at stopping the spread of the virus.
Dar es Salaam’s police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told the media that the husband and wife on public transport last week called the virus a hoax.
“They said that coronavirus was a hoax and that the government had run out of food to feed students, and so it’s using the pandemic as a cover up to close schools, colleges and universities,” Mr Mambosasa told journalists.
The police said fellow passengers got upset and asked the bus driver to drive to a police station for the couple to be arrested.
The couple, Elias Mwita, 29 and Rosemary Elias Mwita, 41, are now in detention and would be appearing in court soon according to the police chief.
Tanzania has 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus, eight of the patients are Tanzanians and the other five are foreign nationals.
Only one patient has so fare recovered, according to health officials.
Tanzania is trying to stop people from spreading false news about the virus and get citizens to abide by government directive on the pandemic.