At the moment, 106 cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Madagascar, and 20 people have already recovered. On 20 March, the first three cases were confirmed in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. All three cases were women. All of them arrived in the country after traveling to France and Mauritius. Additional precautions were taken immediately by the government: the ban on mass events, the closure of parks and entertainment venues, as well as schools and universities.
The island is far from the focus of the coronavirus, and also, Madagascar and the African continent are separated by the Mozambique Channel. The possibility of the spread of the coronavirus is low according to the analysts. As soon as it appeared, the virus began to spread quickly. However, there is information from local journalists about several dozen infected people who flew through South Africa or from there, as the O. R. Tambo international airport is a transit air route, to Madagascar, and then the travelers quickly returned back. A few days later, the infection started.
As for South Africa, as of April 12, there are 2,173 confirmed cases and 25 confirmed deaths, out of 80085 tests. The first confirmed case announced on 5 March 2020 by Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize. On 23 March 2020, the South Africa president Ramaphosa issued a national lockdown starting on 26 March 2020, later extended to 30 April. On 10 April, Mkhize recommended that the general public used cloth facemasks when going out in public.