Madagascar has on Sunday reported the first death of a COVID-19 patient nearly two months after the first case in the country.
An official from the anti-coronavirus task team said that the 57-year-old hospital worker died on Saturday with underlying diabetes and high blood pressure cases before he was infected with Coronavirus.
“It is with great sadness that we have to share with all our compatriots, that there is an individual, aged 57, who died from COVID-19,” professor Hanta Vololontiana said on public television.
The Indian Ocean island which has reported 304 cases has hit the headlines over a home-grown herbal concoction that President Andry Rajoelina claims can cure people infected with the virus.
Several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as COVID-Organics.
The tonic drink is derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – and other indigenous herbs.
But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been taken through tests to see its efficacy”