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Haiti nears 600 cases of COVID-19

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 11:46 AM

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti continues to record significant numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country Wednesday reported that 63 new persons have tested positive, bringing the total to 596.

In addition, the Ministry of Public Health said that one person died from the virus, bringing to 22, the total number of deaths since the country reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 19.

The Ministry said the majority of the new cases were men, accounting for 59.6 per cent.

It said that the number of active cases in Haiti, excluding death and recovery, now stands at 553 with the number of suspected cases at 2,270, while 269 people have been hospitalised and 933 cases under quarantine at home, a decrease of 397 from the previous day.

Meanwhile, President Jovenel Moise has welcomed the decision by Madagascar to provide assistance to the island.

“I would like to congratulate you, Mr. President, you are imposing the African voice in the scientific world. Madagascar enhances the African pharmacopoeia by imposing the virtue of our medicinal plants and the work of African researchers.

“We hope to count on the solidarity of Madagascar which has made available to us the Covid-Organics,” Moise added.

Madagascar said that the “Covid-Organics” has been developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and its President, Andry Rajoelina in a video conference with Moise said, “we have pushed our research through Artemisia, combined with several other plants, which has already proven itself for several years.

“It is for this reason that our researchers have pushed research through medicinal plants,” said Rajoelina, who is convinced that COVID-19 can be beaten with a traditional drink made from artemisia’s leaves.

But the World Health Organisation (WHO)  has warned the country against using the drink without having it tested properly.

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