A 57-year-old medical worker has become the first person to die of the coronavirus in Madagascar.
Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Danielle said in a televised statement that the deceased suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.
He was said to have died on Saturday night.
The first death comes weeks after President Andry Rajoelina launched COVID- Organics (CVO), a local herbal remedy he claims can prevent or cure coronavirus patients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned against the use of CVO without any medical supervision and cautioned against self-medication.
Madagascar currently has 304 confirmed cases of COVID-19.