COVID-19 kills 2 lawmakers in Madagascar

President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar announced that two Malagasy lawmakers; one member of the senate and one deputy had died after becoming infected with COVID-19.

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Just last week , Madagascar authorities imposed a total lockdown in the Analamanga region due to the rise in coronavirus cases, the presidency said in a statement.

President Andry Rajoelina added that eleven other deputies and 14 senators also tested positive for the virus.

Madagascar’s situation with the COVID-19 pandemic began spiraling out of control in recent weeks after it appeared that the island nation was making progress.

Madagascar was regularly registering dozens of COVID-19 cases daily, however, a recent exponential rise in those figures saw it report a record 216 cases on July 4 after a total of 675 people were tested.

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Earlier, the country’s capital Antananarivo was placed under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in Coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased.

“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement.

So far the Indian Ocean island has confirmed 2,941 coronavirus cases, with 32 deaths and 1,108 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.