The government has announced the deployment of soldiers and doctors to the city of Toamasina, after a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. The government on Sunday held a special council of ministers devoted to the current situation in Toamasina.
Doctors will carry out thorough examinations to see if the deaths are due to another disease (…) or if they are really due to pneumonia, the critical form of Covid 19.
According to several witnesses, corpses have been found in recent days in the streets of the city, without apparent causes of deaths.
“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 the spokeswoman for the anti-Covid 19 operational command centre, Prof. Hanta Marie Danielle Vololontiana.
Some 150 soldiers sent as reinforcements to Toamasina police will be in charge of monitoring order there and controlling measures against the coronavirus (facemasks, social distancing…).
The Malagasy authorities have denied the presence of dead bodies in the city.
“There are no corpses in the street, neither in Toamasina nor elsewhere. The government has decided to send reinforcements to Toamasina due to the increase of coronavirus cases,”.
The council of ministers also dismissed the prefect of Toamasina without giving any explanation.
A team will be also responsible with distributing of Covid Organics, a drink with a recognized therapeutic effect against malaria, and which the Malagasy authorities say cures Covid-19. However, the possible benefits of Covid Organics, have yet to be validated by any scientific study.