Dodoma — Tanzanian President John Magufuli has questioned the reliability of government data on the coronavirus outbreak and ordered a criminal investigation into the national medical laboratory, suggesting “sabotage from imperialists” is at play.

Magufuli said government agents secretly sent swabs from a live goat, a bird and a papaya fruit to the state-run National Reference and Public Health Laboratory and labelled them as human. The results came out positive for the virus. Samples from a lamb tested negative, he said...

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