Madagascar: President Rajoelina announces further reduction in health measures

Ministry of Health officials unload sprayers from a van to disinfect in the district of Tsarakofafa, in Tamatave, a large port city in Madagascar, June 4, 2020. RIJASOLO / AFP

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President Andry Rajoelina spoke on national television on Sunday, September 6, on the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

The country has 15,319 cases of coronavirus including 200 deaths.

The epidemic is "under control" in Madagascar and the number of infected people is decreasing, said the head of state who announced a new reduction in health measures throughout the territory and a gradual resumption of daily activities.


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With our correspondent in Antananarivo


Laetitia Bezain

This is a measure expected by many Malagasy: the reopening of traffic between regions.

The bush taxi lines from the capital, Antananarivo, to the south, south-east and west of the country in particular, will resume gradually from Friday 11 September.

Last week, the authorities reopened the axis leading to the east of the country.

The Head of State also authorized the resumption of sports training, the reopening of places of worship, tourist and cultural sites;

bars and karaoke until 10 p.m. with a maximum number of 100 customers.

Health rules greatly reduced

 " but barrier gestures such as wearing a mask must be respected under penalty of community service, said Andry Rajoelina.

Successful trial to treat Covid-19

 The fight against Covid-19 is not over

,” he said.

Even if we see that there is a drop in the number of people affected, the state of health emergency continues throughout the territory as long as the coronavirus is not completely defeated.

One person's irresponsibility can help spread the virus.

A lot of countries are going through a second wave right now so we have to do everything we can to ensure that Madagascar does not back down.

I appeal for every citizen to protect themselves and be vigilant because this is the only way to overcome this epidemic.


The Madagascan president, who has praised in recent months the effectiveness of a decoction

containing artemisia

to prevent and cure Covid-19, said Sunday evening that a clinical trial of an injectable treatment based on artesunate and vitamin C has been shown to be successful in treating coronavirus patients.


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