Madagascar has recorded its first death from Coronavirus.
The deceased, according to the country’s national COVID-19 working group spokesperson, Hanta Danielle, was a 57-year-old medical worker with diabetes and high blood pressure.
He is said to have died on Saturday night.
Madagascar has reported 304 cases and has made headlines for a mixture of home-made herbs that, according to President Andry Rajoelina, can cure people infected with the virus.
Several African countries, including Nigeria, have ordered or expressed interest in the alleged remedy, which is known as COVID-Organics.
The tonic drink is derived from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy in the treatment of malaria, and other indigenous herbs. But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been tested to see how effective it is.”