DANIELS G. O
Two Malagasy lawmakers have died after being infected with the coronavirus Over the weekend.
According to Reports, The two lawmakers were members of the senate.
14 other senators and 11 deputies have also tested positive for the Corona virus infection.
Madagascar’s COVID-19 situation started getting out of control in recent weeks after it appeared that the island nation was making progress with the herbal Medication.
Madagascar was regularly registering dozens of COVID-19 cases daily, however, a recent exponential rise in those figures saw it report a record 216 cases on July 4 after a total of 675 people were tested.
As a result of that, Madagascar placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased.
Antananarivo was one of three cities that initially went into lockdown towards the end of March 2020 in an effort to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
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
The government deployed soldiers and doctors to Toamasina in May, to ensure adherence to health measures to contain the virus’ spread and maintain order, following the discovery of several bodies in the streets.
There is also no word yet on whether Covid-Organics, a herbal tonic which Malagasy authorities purported can cure COVID-19, is actually effective as President Rajoelina previously claimed in his campaigns to promote it.
The African Union had opened discussions with Madagascar aimed at exploring the safety and efficiency of the herbal remedy. The technical data is expected to be reviewed by the Africa CDC.