Some stubborn citizens of Madagascar were punished by the police authorities to sweep major streets in the capital for flouting the laid down rules and regulations by the president to prevent further spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina on Monday ordered all citizens to put on nose mask in public places at all times. He said this making reference to the ease of ban on activities in the three main cities of the country.
The wearing of a face mask is to prevent the number of confirmed coronavirus cases from heightening. Currently, there are 128 confirmed cases, 75 recoveries with zero deaths.
According to the deputy head of police, Christian Rakotobe, close to 500 people in Antananarivo and Fianarantsoa were punished on Monday for flouting the “we your face mask” rule passed by the president. Antananarivo commissioner Hector Razafindrazaka said 25 people were sentenced on the spot and forced to sweep the capital’s dusty streets.
“Seventy percent of people on the street respected the rule… because they are scared of having to sweep pavements,” the head of anti-coronavirus operations, general Elak Olivier Andriakaja, said on state television.
“Measures were taken before the sanctions fell into place to raise awareness and distribute mouth covers,” Andriakaja added.
“I think that’s enough and that sanctions must now be applied.”