Madagascar Records First Coronavirus Death

Madagascar on Sunday reported the first death of a patient suffering from novel COVID-19  two months after it first case was reported.

The East Africa nation which has reported 304 cases made headlines when it announced its 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”.

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