The government of Madagascar has announced that it has deployed soldiers and doctors to the city of Toamasina, after a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country’s second largest city.
Madagascar has so far registered 527 cases of coronavirus, including two deaths on Toamasina.
Doctors are to carry out thorough examinations to see if the deaths are due to another disease or if they are reallyy due to the critical form of Covid-19.
122 new cases have been officially confirmed since Thursday.
“Doctors must carry out thorough examinations to see if the deaths are due to another disease or if they are really due to severe acute respiratory distress, the critical form of Covid-19,” explained spokesperson for the anti-Covid-19 operational command centre, Prof. Hanta Marie Danielle Vololontiana, during a daily broadcast on national television on Sunday.
Some 150 soldiers were sent as reinforcement to Toamasina. They will be in charge of maintaining order there and applying measures against the coronavirus (wearing masks, social distancing).