Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the president announced on Tuesday.
In an interview with Télévision Malagasy, President Rajoelina confirmed he has shown “mild symptoms” of COVID-19, including fever and “a persistent cough.”
Rajoelina joins the list of African leaders found to be infected with the coronavirus which has led to the death of some including the president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza.
In May, Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina launched Covid-Organics (CVO), an organic herbal concoction, claiming that it can prevent and cure patients suffering from the novel coronavirus only to contract the virus after staying off the medication himself.
Speaking on Télévision Malagasy, Rajoelina says he will continue to work as he self-isolates and rolls on the COVID-Organics capsules and tonic which he believes is the ultimate solution.
This comes a day after Madagascar imposed a lockdown on some areas in the country due to the spike in covid-19 cases within the country.
Madagascar authorities imposed a total lockdown in the Analamanga region due to the rise in coronavirus cases, the presidency said in a statement.
Analamanga is a region in central Madagascar, containing the capital Antananarivo and its surrounding metropolitan area.
The lockdown measures will be effective for a period of 15 days, thus from Monday, July 6 to July 20.
The Indian Ocean island has confirmed 3,250 coronavirus cases, with 33 deaths and 1,135 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.