The African Island nation of Madagascar has imposed fresh lock-down measures on its capital, Antananarivo, following a spike in new corona virus cases, just two months after restrictions were eased. On Sunday, the Presidency announced that it had instituted lock-down measures to stem the spread of the disease which was getting out of hand.
“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the statement from the Presidency read.
Traffic movements will be curtailed and there will be an introduction of curfew against human movement starting from Monday until the 20th of July.
“Only one person per household is allowed to go out into the street between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm,” the statement adds.
Madagascar used to record just a few dozens of COVID-19 cases a day, but in the last couple of days, the country has seen an exponential rise in daily numbers, jumping to a record 216 cases on Saturday after a total of 675 people were tested. The country as so far carried out about 24,000 tests.
This developments comes months after the country’s President, Andry Rajoelina, launched the much touted herbal remedy for COVID-19.
The President had been active in promoting what he called the “Green Gold,” as an “African-made remedy” for the world. With the increase in the country’s cases, it is now unsure how effective this remedy is.
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