Now, according to news reports posted on Facebook, the African island country has had to impose a new lockdown due to a “surge in virus cases”. Most of the reports are credited to the news agency AFP.
“Madagascar reimposes lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise,” reads the headline of an article published on Punch, a Nigerian news site, on 5 June.
The reports claim that a new lockdown was imposed on Madagascar’s Analamanga region, which includes the country’s capital of Antananarivo, on 5 June. The measures include a ban on traffic entering and leaving the region and a curfew on street movement.
“Used to registering dozens of coronavirus cases a day, Madagascar has in recent days seen an exponential rise in daily numbers, jumping to a record 216 cases on Saturday,” Nigeria’s Channels TV reported.
But many of the reports have been flagged as possibly false by Facebook’s fact-checking system. Has Madagascar reintroduced a lockdown after a surge in Covid-19 cases?
Hospitals at capacity
On 4 July, Madagascar’s Council of Ministers released a statement announcing a reintroduction of lockdown measures in Analamanga.
According to the statement, the lockdown would be imposed from Monday, 6 July. Entering and leaving the region would be banned and only one person would be allowed to exit each household from 6 am to 12 pm to stock up on supplies.
The Express also reported that two local hospitals had reached capacity in Antananarivo, which has been identified as Madagascar’s Covid-19 epicentre.
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