In a turn of events, Madagascar has placed its capital, Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced Sunday.
The office of the President in a statement on Sunday said the Analamanga region, which hosts the Capital City, is returning to full lockdown.
No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20 and a strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people, 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),” reads the statement.
The measures have been taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases,” it added.
The development comes only a day after recording 216 cases only on Saturday from the 675 samples tested compared to the dozens of cases the country has been registering in the previous days.
By Sunday Madagascar had a cumulative 2,941 cases, including 32 deaths since the virus was first detected on the Indian ocean island on March 20.
It should be remembered that Madagascar in April surprised the world when it announced that it had developed a herbal concoction that cures coronavirus disease.
The ‘treatment’ dubbed Covid-Organics, is a drink derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – and other indigenous herbs.
During its launch at a news conference, Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina, claimed that two people had recovered from the disease after consuming the liquid.
He said that his country was to start exporting the product developed by the state-run Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, to countries across Africa on top of distributing it locally in the country.
Several countries like Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Guinea-Bissau received thousands of doses of Covid-Organics free of charge.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) however warned countries against adopting a product that had not been taken through proven scientific tests to see its efficacy.