Madagascar confirms first cases of coronavirus - president

by Reuters
Friday, 20 March 2020 16:51 GMT

ANTANANARIVO, March 20 (Reuters) - The island nation of Madagascar confirmed its first cases of coronavirus on Friday, the president said in a televised statement.

The three cases of coronavirus were confirmed by the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, President Andry Rajoelina said.

Madagascar, one of the world's poorest nations, halted all all international flights this week to try to prevent cases of the virus.

(Reporting by Lovasoa Rabary in Antananarivo; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Edmund Blair)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.