Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died after contracting COVID-19.
Madagascan President, Andry Rajoelina announced this on Sunday, adding that over twenty others are also receiving treatment for the virus.
The deceased comprise one Senator and a member of the lower chamber.
11 other members and 14 senators also tested positive.
The news comes as government reimposed lockdown on a major region under which the capital Antananarivo falls. The reason was to better contain surge in cases.
A week ago, the presidency issued a statement dispelling social media reports that Rajoelina had contracted the virus. The country’s caseload is one of the highest in the southern African region, it is also the most impacted island nation on the continent.