President Rajoelina urged schoolchildren to sip the tonic throughout the day

Two Malagasy lawmakers, one member of the senate and one deputy, have died after contracting coronavirus, President Andry Rajoelina is reported to have announced on Sunday.

Mr Rajoelina also said 11 other deputies and 14 senators had also tested positive for the virus, the AFP news agency reports.

The government had last week placed one of its main regions, which covers the capital, Antananarivo, back under a strict lockdown following a surge in coronavirus infections.

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The lockdown was meant to slow the spread of the virus, authorities explained.