Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died after contracting COVID19, over twenty others are also receiving treatment for the virus, president Andry Rajoelina announced on Sunday.
The deceased comprise one Senator and a member of the lower chamber. 11 other members and 14 senators also tested positive.
The news comes as government reimposed lockdown on a major region under which the capital Antananarivo falls. The reason was to better contain a surge in cases.
A week ago, the presidency issued a statement dispelling social media reports that Rajoelina had contracted the virus. The country’s caseload is one of the highest in the southern African region, it is also the most impacted island nation on the continent.
The presidency of Madagascar also last week denied circulating rumors that President Andry Rajoelina had tested positive for COVID19 “President Andry Rajoelina is in good health and is not affected by COVID-19 at all. He has never left Malagasy territory since the start of the health crisis to date.” said the office.
“He faces with all the Malagasy people, the global health crisis which affects our country today and he continues to find, with all the specialists and all the State entities, suitable solutions in the management of this pandemic.”
The death of the two lawmakers comes at a time when there is a surge of COVID19 in the small island nation and puts doubts on Madagascar organics a drug that is believed to be a cure to COVID19 by the African nation.
This has also seen the nation open up new treatment centers for COVID19 as the numbers continue to rise in the country.
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There had been plans by the nation to start mass production of the organics in the capsule so as to ease prescription and also export to other nations.
“Thanks to the work of Malagasy researchers and foreign scientists, Pharmalagasy will launch CVO+, a curative and preventive capsule against Covid-19 made from artemisia,” Rajoelina added stressing that the move was part of Madagascar positioning “itself on the global pharmaceutical market.”
Currently, the nation has over 3,573 confirmed cases, 1,779 as the active cases, 1,761 recoveries recorded and 33 deaths have since been registered by the country.
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