Madagascar returns to total lockdown as Coronavirus infections get out of control

On Sunday July 12, Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina, said two lawmakers — one senate member and one deputy — had died from coronavirus infection.

Eleven other deputies and 14 senators, Rajoelina said, had also tested positive for the virus.

The presidency reported on Sunday that on July 5, Madagascar had put its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new increase in infections with Coronavirus, two months after the restrictions had been eased.

“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement. No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20. A strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people.

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The country has recorded 2,573 infections including 35 deaths with the government estimating that the peak will not be reached until the end of August.

In April, Rajoelina launched a local herbal concoction he claimed prevents and cures the novel coronavirus.

He has since 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 not been validated by any scientific study.