Madagascar records first COVID-19 death

Written by on May 18, 2020

Madagascar yesterday announced the first death of a patient suffering from novel coronavirus, nearly two months after it was first detected in the country.

The 57-year-old hospital worked died on Saturday and had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he was infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said.

“It is with great sadness that we have to share with all our compatriots, that there is an individual, aged 57, who died from COVID-19,” professor Hanta Vololontiana said on public television.

Madagascar having reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over an home-grown herbal concoction which the President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.

The tonic drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs.

But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy”


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