Madagascar Re-imposes Lockdown Amid Surge in COVID-19 cases

Madagascar has placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions had been eased, the presidency introduced Sunday.

“The Analamanga area (underneath which the capital is located) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency mentioned in an announcement.

No visitors will probably be allowed in or out of the area beginning Monday till July 20.

A strict curfew will probably be imposed on road motion by folks.

 

“Only one particular person per family is allowed to exit into the road between 6:00 am (0400 GMT) and 12:00 pm (1000 GMT),” mentioned the assertion.

The measures have been taken “due to the unfold of the epidemic and the rise of COVID-19 cases,” it added.

Used to registering dozens of coronavirus cases a day, Madagascar has in latest days seen an exponential rise in day by day numbers, leaping to a file 216 cases on Saturday.

 

The newest tally got here after 675 folks had been examined.

Nearly 24,000 assessments have up to now been performed on the impoverished island.

By Sunday the nation had a cumulative 2,728 cases, together with 29 deaths because the virus was first detected on the Indian Ocean Island on March 20.

 

All authorities conferences will now be held through video conferencing, whereas courtroom hearings have been suspended.

In April, President Andry Rajoelina launched an area natural concoction he claimed prevents and cures the novel coronavirus.

Rajoelina has been selling the brew for export, saying it’s the nation’s “inexperienced gold” which can “change historical past”.

The potential advantages of Covid-Organics, a tonic derived from artemisia – a plant with confirmed efficacy in malaria therapy — and different indigenous herbs haven’t been validated by any scientific examine.

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