Madagascar’s Capital Under Fresh Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo has been placed under fresh lockdown following the spike in COVID-19 cases, two months after the restrictions were relaxed.

The Presidency announced on Sunday that the new restriction will continue until July 20, adding that only one person per household is permitted to go out on the street.

“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown.

“No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20. A strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people.

“Only one person per household is allowed to go out into the street between 6:00 am (0400 GMT) and 12:00 pm (1000 GMT),” said the statement.

Madagascar's Capital Under Fresh Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Spike

The measures have been taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases,” it added.

The statement noted that court hearings have been suspended and all government meetings will now be held via video conferencing.

The Malagasy health authority has reported hundreds of cases daily recently, including 216 on Saturday, a record for the country after the local herbal concoction was manufactured as cure for the virus.

President Andry Rajoelina had in April launched the herbal drink tagged ‘COVID-Organics’ which was derived from Artemisia and other indigenous herbs.

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