Madagascar has re-instituted a fresh lockdown in the capital city of Antananarivo after new infections soared just two months after restrictions were eased in the country.
According to a statement issued by the Presidency, the Anamalanga region where the capital is situated is returning to full lockdown with no traffics allowed and a strict curfew until July 20th. According to the statement, 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) with a suspension of court hearings.
The measures have been taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases,” it added. The country which used to record a dozen daily cases of covid 19 has seen a daily spike of 216 cases culminating of a total of 2,728 cases, including 29 deaths after a total of 24,000 tests by 5th July 2020.
All this is despite Madagascar launching a herbal concoction dubbed Covid-Organics (CVO) in April which its President Andry Raojolina claimed prevents and cures the novel coronavirus. The concoction was however not validated by the World Health Organization or any known scientific body
Madagascar has sent CVO to several African countries including Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Chad.