Madagascar on Sunday announced its first coronavirus death.
Spokesperson of the country’s national Covid-19 taskforce, Professor Hanta Vololontiana said in a televised statement, that the 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure died on Saturday night.
“A man died from COVID-19 in Madagascar … he is 57 years old and a member of the medical staff,” she said.
Madagascar currently has 304 cases of Covid-19 after 21 new cases were added on Sunday, the results of 103 tests conducted the previous day.
There are 114 recoveries and the country has conducted 5,673 tests.
President Rajoelina announced on Twitter on May 9, 2020, the launch of a massive screening campaign that will see 10,000 people tested. Those tests are currently underway.
He is scheduled to speak to the nation in a televised address Sunday evening.
“Dear compatriots, I will address the Nation this evening at 8 p.m. on the national television channel.”, he announced via Twitter.