The global coronavirus pandemic has claimed several lives across the world, and several of the leaders have been infected with the COVID-19.
Adding to the list of people who died of COVID-19, two lawmakers in Madagascar have lost their lives.
Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina said two lawmakers – one Member of the Senate and one Deputy — had died after becoming infected with the coronavirus.
President Andry Rajoelina added that eleven other Deputies and 14 Senators had also tested positive for the COVID-19.
The easing of the lockdown in the Indian Ocean island has resulted in the surging of the coronavirus cases. On July 5, the government placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown.
Madagascar had earlier placed the capital under lockdown for about two months. The government estimates that the peak in the number of coronavirus cases will not be reached until the end of August.
Earlier in April, President Rajoelina launched a local herbal concoction, COVID-Organics, he claimed prevents and cures the novel coronavirus. He has since been promoting the brew for export, saying it is the country’s “green gold” which will “change history”.
The potential benefits of COVID-Organics, a tonic derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – and other indigenous herbs, have yet not been validated by any scientific study and either the World Health Organisation nor the African Union recommends it.