An increase in coronavirus cases has forced authorities in Madagascar to postpone the reopening of schools previously planned for Monday next week.
The country’s cabinet said schools would remain closed until further notice.
Some schools have been converted into Covid-19 treatment centres, Madagascar-Tribune has reported.
Weekly markets in the capital, Antananarivo, have also been suspended.
Madagascar has so far reported 29,348 coronavirus cases including 520 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.
The country had touted a herbal tonic – Covid Organics – as a cure for the virus despite the World Health Organization’s warning against using untested remedies.
Last month, the East African country said it would register to join the Covax global vaccine initiative.