Madagascar records first COVID-19 death

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

The death was that of 57-year-old hospital worker who died on Saturday. The deceased had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he got infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said.

He was a car park attendant at a hospital in the eastern city of Toamasina.

The Indian ocean island which has reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over a home-grown herbal concoction that President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.

Several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as Covid-Organics.

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”.

AFP

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