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5,000 Left Jobless In Tourism Sector In Zanzibar Over COVID-19

Zanzibar Island

At least 5,000 people in the tourism sector in Tanzania’s Zanzibar have been left jobless following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said on Thursday.

Maudline Castico, Tanzania’s Zanzibar Minister for Labor, Empowerment, Elders, Youth, Women and Children, said the tourism sector was mostly hit by the virus pandemic.

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“Most of the employees in the tourism sector, including the hospitality industry, lost their jobs following the shutting down of tourist hotels and cancellation of international flights,” Castico told a news conference in the Zanzibar archipelago.

“The government of Zanzibar is still undertaking an assessment to establish the full impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in all sectors,” said Castico.

On June 6, Tanzania’s Zanzibar authorities announced reopening of tourism activities after they were shut down on March 20 following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, Zanzibar’s Minister of Information, Tourism and Heritage, said Zanzibar opened its tourism activities to normal both for charter flights and scheduled flights.

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