Covid-19: Madagascar Returns To Full Lockdown As Cases Rise

Madagascar government has re-imposed fresh lockdown amid surge in Coronavirus cases in its capital city, Antananarivo.

The government announced this yesterday that the Analanamanga region (under which the capital is situated) will be returning to full lockdown following a new spike in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased.

It was gathered that the government gave the directive that no traffic would be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20 and a strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people.

The statement warned that 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).

It further said that the measures have been taken due to the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases.

Madagascar was used to registering dozens of COVID-19 cases a day, but the country has recently seen a spike in cases after 216 peoples tested positive on Saturday, July 4.

According to the country’s health officials, 2,728 positive cases have been recorded including 29 deaths since the virus was first detected on the Indian Ocean Island on March 20.

Back in April, President Andry Rajoelina launched a herbal medicine, COVID-Organics, which he claimed prevents and cures the novel Coronavirus.

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