Madagascar has placed one of its main regions, which covers the capital, Antananarivo, under strict control following a resurgence of coronavirus infection.
The government announced that the containment would take effect from Monday for two weeks. It will include strict traffic control in the area with the introduction of a curfew.
“Only one person per household is allowed to go out into the street between 06: 00 and noon,” the government said in a statement. Containment is believed to slow the spread of the virus, authorities said.
There are 2,941 confirmed cases, and 32 people have died since the island was first detected in March. So far, nearly 24,000 tests have been carried out in the country.
In May, President Andry Rajoelina launched a herbal product known as CovidOrganics, saying it could cure and prevent coronavirus. It has been widely distributed and distributed free of charge to students in schools across the country.
Although its effectiveness is not yet scientifically established, a number of African countries have used CovidOrganics. The African Union said in May that it wanted to see scientific data on the product’s “safety and effectiveness”.
The World Health Organization has warned against the use of non-scientifically validated remedies for coronavirus.