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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.

WHO, Madagascar President Meet Over Covid-19 Herb

Madagasca President , Andry Rajoelina has held a virtual meeting with the Director -General of the World Health Organisation , Tedros Ghebreyesus , over COVID Organics.

Rojaelina who made this known via
Twitter , said the United Nations specialised agency on global health expressed its support for the clinical observation of the ‘ tonic ’ touted as cure for coronavirus .

He said , “ Successful exchange with Tedros Ghebreyesus who commends Madagascar ’ s efforts in the fight against COVID- 19 and congratulates us for the discovery of COVID Organics .

“ WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in Africa . ”

The Malagasy President said the meeting followed the invitation by WHO to register the drug for clinical trials, adding that his country would prove the effectiveness of the COVID Organics.

See tweet by Rajoelina;
Successful exchange with
@ DrTedros who commends
# Madagascar ’ s efforts in the fight against # Covid 19 and congratulates us for the discovery of # CovidOrganics.
@ WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in # Africa .
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— Andry Rajoelina (@SE _ Rajoelina) May 20 , 2020

Madagascar records first COVID-19 death

Madagascar on Sunday recorded the first death of a patient suffering from novel coronavirus, nearly two months after it was first detected in the country.

The death was that of 57-year-old hospital worker who died on Saturday. The deceased had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he got infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said.

He was a car park attendant at a hospital in the eastern city of Toamasina.

The Indian ocean island which has reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over a home-grown herbal concoction that President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.

Several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as Covid-Organics.

The tonic drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs.

But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy”.


BREAKING: FG Receives Native Cure For COVID-19 From Madagascar

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that they have taken delivery of the native remedy for the COVID-19 from Madagascar.

President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, has taken to tweeter to announce on this Saturday that the Federal Government of Nigeria has take delivery of the native remedy for the COVID-19 from Madagascar.

Mr Garba says samples of the native remedy were brought by the President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Embalo.

However, he noted that President Buhari reiterated that all necessary procedures will be put in place before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.

Covid-19: ‘Madagascar Offers Us Its Herb, We Did not Request For It’ FG

The Federal Government said yesterday it did not beg Madagascar to supply its COVID-19 syrup to Nigeria, explaining that the country donated the elixir which was accepted in the spirit of African brotherhood.

These were disclosed Thursday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.

Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, dismissed speculations that Nigeria might have asked Madagascar for a supply of its COVID-19 organic, instead of promoting local researchers for a cure.

He said: “The issue of Madagascar. Let me explain that Nigeria did not ask Madagascar for any solution. That has to be very clear because I have seen some narratives out there giving credence to a line of story.

”That, for me, is only distractive. Nigeria did not ask. The Madagascan government decided to airlift quantities meant for African countries and so that of West Africa was airlifted to Guinea-Bissau. So, all the members of ECOWAS have their commodities off-loaded in Guinea-Bissau and that was the one I referred to, that we were making arrangements to evacuate.

”But the impression out there was as if we abandoned homegrown solutions and were looking for Madagascan solution. We did not ask for it, but it was taken in the spirit of brotherly love, or African brotherly love.

”We have asked our ambassador there to establish the location, the quantity etc. He has done that. We have to make an arrangement for its freighting out of Guinea-Bissau. There are no flights, so there are so many things we have to consider.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, told journalists to refrain from asking him about the whereabouts of a 15-member Chinese Medical Team which entry into Nigeria on April 9 generated a wave of backlash from Nigerians.

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