Madagascar records its first death from the novel Coronavirus pandemic
A 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, the national COVID-19 taskforce said on Sunday.
Recall that On 20 April 2020, Madagascar launched a proposed cure for Coronavirus, called COVID Organics, with President Andry Rajoelina describing it as a preventative and curative COVID-19 medicine.
Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Vololontiana said in a televised statement that the man died on Saturday night.
“A man died from COVID-19 in Madagascar … he is 57 years old and a member of the medical staff,” she says.
The development comes after several African countries including Nigeria have received a consignment of COVID Organics from Madagascar.
The WHO has warned against the use of treating COVID-19 with the herbal mixture as it says it requires clinical trials, which Madagascar has not undertaken.
As of the morning of 18 May 2020, Madagascar has recorded 304 coronavirus cases out of which 114 patients have recovered. The country’s active case is 189 and two people are considered to be in critical condition.