Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Thursday 4/9/2020
Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has said that tests will be carried out on a claimed plant-based "remedy" for the new coronavirus.
He has previously made claims about alternative treatments for the virus that have triggered words of caution from the UN's World Health Organization (WHO).
"On March 24, I received a letter saying that Madagascar possesses the remedy which could -- 'could' because it still has to be proved -- cure the coronavirus," Rajoelina said in a television programme late on Wednesday.
He said the letter claimed the plant could "completely cure coronavirus" but gave no details about the plant or the author of the letter.
Tests were being lined up and the country's scientists and laboratories were willing to take part, he said.
"We are going to carry out tests, and I am convinced that Madagascar will find this remedy," he said.
"We are going to change the history of the entire world."
Ninety-three people have been infected with the virus in Madagascar, according to official figures.
The pandemic has triggered a rush for herbal formulas, lemons and ginger in the belief that they can protect against the virus.
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