Public hospitals in Madagascar have reportedly reached full capacity and will only admit patients with severe symptoms of Coronavirus as cases surge in the Indian Ocean island nation.
The government has opened a 400-bed treatment centre for people with mild symptoms and is importing about 1,000 oxygen machines.
Earlier this month, President Andry Rajoelina reimposed a lockdown on the country’s central region following a spike of new cases. The measure extends till July 26 with further directions expected.
The spokeswoman of the country’s COVID-19 command centre, Hanta Marie Danielle Vololontiana has also indicated that those who don’t get tested and eventually die at home will not be counted as part of the country’s official statistics.
The country gained continental popularity when President Rajoelina launched a local herbal remedy called “COVID Organics” or CVO back in April, which he said can prevent and cure the novel Coronavirus. However, it appears whatever effective remedy the supposed cure contained has waned in recent times with the country’s cases increasing astronomically.