Madagascar on Sunday May 17 2020, registered it’s first death of a patient suffering from the novel coronavirus, nearly two months after it was first detected in the country.
Afriupdate learnt that the diseased, a 57-year-old hospital worker died on Saturday and had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he was infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said.
Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Vololontiana said in a televised statement that the man had died on Saturday night.
“It is with great sadness that we have to share with all our compatriots, that there is an individual, aged 57, who died from Covid-19,” professor Hanta Vololontiana said on public television”. She said.
With the rising number of confirmed cases in the last few days, President Andry Rajoelina said Saturday evening during a statement the decision to extend the state of emergency until May 30.
Madagascar has so far 304 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 190 still in treatment.