Coronavirus (897) Policymakers and health misinformation (32) BBC: Madagascar president's herbal tonic fails to halt Covid-19 spike

14 August, 2020

Read news item in full: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53756752

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'Hospitals in Madagascar have been struggling to cope with a surge of Covid-19 cases, while the president has been promoting an unproven product he says can cure the disease despite the World Health Organization (WHO) warning against using untested remedies.

Cases have quadrupled in the past month in the Indian Ocean island, with more than 13,000 infections and 162 deaths from coronavirus, which has spread to all but one of its 22 regions.

Despite the spike, President Andry Rajoelina stands by the herbal concoction called Covid-Organics, which was launched to great fanfare in April...'

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