May 17, 2020 / 12:10 PM / in 9 days

Madagascar records its first COVID-19 death: official

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar has registered its first coronavirus death, of a 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, the national COVID-19 taskforce said on Sunday.

Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Vololontiana said in a televised statement that the man had died on Saturday night.

“A man died from COVID-19 in Madagascar ... he is 57 years old and a member of the medical staff,” she said.

Reporting by Lovasoa Rabary; writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Catherine Evans

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