Madagascar has placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new spike in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
According to a statement released by the presidency on Sunday, the Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown and No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region from Monday, July 6 until July 20.
“Only one person per household is allowed to go out into the street between 6:00 am (0400 GMT) and 12:00 pm (1000 GMT),” the statement read in part.
Madagascar has been registering afew dozens of COVID-19 cases a day, however, the recent exponential rise in daily numbers has caused worry after 216 cases were recorded on Saturday, July 4 from a total of 675 people tested.
According to the country’s health officials, nearly 24,000 tests have so far been conducted on the island since the virus was first detected on March 20. To date, a total of 2,728 cumulative COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Madagascar, with 29 having succumbed to the virus by Sunday, July 5.
In April, President Andry Rajoelina launched a local herbal concoction he claimed prevents and cures the novel coronavirus.
He has been promoting the ‘brew’ for export, saying it is the country’s “green gold” which will “change history”.
The potential benefits of Covid-Organics, a tonic derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs, have however not been validated by any scientific study.