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Madagascar hospitals announce running out of beds as cases surge

Weeks after President Rajoelina reimposed a lockdown in Madagascar, public hospitals in the island nation have come out to state that they’re running out of beds.

President Rajoelina reimposed the lockdown after the five public hospitals in the capital, Antananarivo, announced they could not accept any more patients.

Soaring cases in past weeks

The news comes at a time when cases in Madagascar have been on an upward surge.

After initially witnessing slow growth of the virus, the country has seen a sharp rise in cases over the past few weeks.

The surge has infiltrated the country’s parliament hard, with 25 MPs testing positive for the disease. Two have succumbed thus far.

In the latest development, the hospitals in Madagascar said that they would only admit severely-ill COVID patients.

This comes even as the government put up a 400-bed capacity treatment centre for those who suffered from mild symptoms. It is also importing a further 1000 oxygen machines.

Cases cross 7000

So far, the number of cases in Madagascar has risen to 7,153. Recoveries have risen above 3,400. The death toll stands at 62.

However, Hanta Marie Danielle Vololontiana, the spokesperson for the COVID-19 Command Centre, stated that those who died at home, would not be included in the official country tally.

This means, then, that the official death tally could be much higher, with most people now unable to access the hospitals.

COVID-Organics ineffective

Madagascar President, Rajoelina, had in the past month, touted a tonic, COVID-Organics, as the cure of COVID-19.

The President pushed back against the WHO and other scientific bodies in pushing for the adoption of the concoction.

A few countries in Africa placed orders for the COVID-Organics, among them Tanzania, Senegal and Nigeria.

However, Nigeria’s National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development has dismissed the efficacy of the COVID-Organics. This is after conducting their research on it.

Even Madagascar itself seems to have abandoned the use of the tonic for its homecare remedies.

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