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Madagascar: COVID-19 kills 2 lawmakers as hope in country's much-hyped herbal remedy fades

Tuko logo Tuko 14/07/2020 Erick Kombo Ndubi
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- Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina announced on Sunday two lawmakers had succumbed to COVID-19

- Also, 14 members of the Senate and 11 deputies had tested positive for the virus

- The country had eased lockdown in the capital city of Antananarivo but was forced to reimpose it following a surge in COVID-19 cases

Two members of the Senate in Madagascar have succumbed to COVID-19 despite the country's much-hyped herbal remedy.

On Sunday, July 12, President Andry Rajoelina said one member of the Senate and one deputy had succumbed to the virus and over 25 others had tested positive for the virus.

President Andry Rajoelina taking COVID-Organics, a herbal tonic which Malagasy authorities purported could cure COVID-19. Photo: CGTN

Source: UGC

The Indian Ocean island on July 5 placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, as reported by CGTN.

In June, clashes erupted between Madagascar’s security forces and protesters after citizens in the eastern city of Toamasina took to the streets to condemn anti-coronavirus lockdown measures.

The tension was sparked after a street vendor was allegedly beaten by a police officer for apparently violating a ban on commercial activities.

COVID-Organics, a herbal tonic which Malagasy authorities purported could cure COVID-19. Photo: The Standard

Source: UGC

The protests saw government deploy medics and soldiers to Toamasina to ensure strict adherence to the measures.

There is still no word yet on whether COVID-Organics, a herbal tonic which Malagasy authorities purported could cure COVID-19, was actually effective as President Rajoelina previously claimed in his campaigns to promote it.

Some African countries including Tanzania had also imported the herbal tonic with the hope of curing COVID-19.

The island nation has recorded 5,080 cases of COVID-19 as of July 14 with 2,494 recoveries and 37 deaths.

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