- Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died of Covid-19, President Andry Rajoelina has said
- The president says 11 other deputies and 14 senators also tested positive for the deadly disease
- There are 2,573 Covid-19 cases and 35 people have succumbed to the disease
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President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar has said two lawmakers in the country - one member of the Senate and one deputy - have died of Covid-19.
The president, who made the disclosure on Sunday, said 11 other deputies and 14 senators also tested positive for the deadly disease.
President Rajoelina launched a local herbal concoction he claimed prevents and cures Covid-19.
The presidency had said in a statement:
“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown."
Madagascar has recorded 2 573, infections including 35 deaths.
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Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina has launched a local herbal remedy he claims can prevent and cure Covid-19.
Rajoelina claims that tests have been conducted and this alleged miracle concoction was proven to have cured two people.
The nation's leader claimed that results can be seen as fast as seven days, adamant that the alleged cure heals and not harms people, reports SowetanLIVE.
The Malagasy Institute of Applied Research explained that the drink, called Covid-Organics, is derived from a plant with proven benefits against malaria. Other indigenous herbs are also included.
However, the safety and effectiveness of this product have not been tested, nor has any proof been published to substantiate these claims, reports News24.
Dr Charles Andrianjara, IMRA director-general, commented that the remedy has been proven effective:
"Covid-Organics will be used as prophylaxis, that is for prevention, but clinical observations have shown a trend towards its effectiveness in curative treatment."
With the nation thus far confirming 121 cases and no fatalities, the pandemic has resulted in a race to produce herbal formulas in the belief that some protection would be offered.
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