- A new surge in coronavirus infections in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, has prompted the country to place the city under lockdown
- The presidency in a statement on Sunday, July 5, stated that the region is returning to full lockdown
- As part of the lockdown measures, the presidency said no traffic will be allowed in or out of the region
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A new surge in coronavirus infections in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, has prompted the country to place the capital city under a fresh lockdown.
The presidency in a statement on Sunday, July 5, stated that the region is returning to full lockdown, CGTN reported.
As part of the lockdown measures, the presidency said no traffic will be allowed in or out of the region until July 20 and that the city will be placed under curfew.
The statement from the presidency further stated that only one person per household will be allowed to go out into the street between 6am and 12pm.
The authorities stated that the measures were taken because of the spread and increase of COVID-19 cases.
The latest rise of COVID-19 cases Madagascar may come as a surprise due to the fact that the country has claimed that its local herbal remedy called COVID-19 tonic could cure the disease.
Meanwhile, the federal government has said findings have shown that the Madagascar herb called COVID Organics is a mixture containing largely anti-malaria ingredients.
The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said further research on the efficacy of the Madagascar COVID-19 remedy would be conducted when funds for the research is approved,
Ehanire made the disclosure at the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. He stated that the primary plant used for the production of the Madagascar herb is grown in Nigeria.
In another report, the Nigerian government has warned that there is going to be a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country with the extension in relation to the lockdown earlier imposed to flatten the curve.
Briefing pressmen on Thursday, July 2, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, made this known and further added that with the extension, Nigeria must be ready to see a surge in cases.
Ehanire also emphasised that it is the collective responsibility of Nigerians to stay safe because the virus is consuming the health system of the country more than imagined.
According to him, the ban lift on inter-state movement will keep the cases growing at an accelerated rate but focus of the government will be on how to reduce the fatality rate.
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