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Madagascar’s Covid Organics: An epic failure or astounding success?

With Madagascar placing its capital, Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown due to a new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, many are wondering if the much acclaimed Covid Organics remedy by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) produced from the Artemisia plant to prevent any infection by COVID-19 is as effective as touted.

The country which used to register dozens of coronavirus cases a day, has, in recent days observed an exponential rise in daily numbers as high as a record 216 cases on Saturday. According to the statement, the measures were taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases.”

The president of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina announced in a statement that the Analamanga region (where the capital is situated) would return to full lockdown. Traffic will not be allowed in or out of the region from today until 20 July. A strict curfew will also be imposed on street movement by people as only one person per household can go out into the street between 6 am and 12 pm.

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