More people are testing for Covid than ever before in Monaco, however the rate of infection, known as the incidence rate, has finally stabilised at a high 1,953.
According to the latest government figures, there were 10,616 PCR and antigen tests conducted in the Principality in the week from 10th to 16th January. These figures track the tests performed on both residents and non-residents, such as workers and students.
It is the highest weekly screening rate ever seen in the Principality, and doesn’t count the number of auto-tests that are also being taken by people at home.
It equates to over 1,200 more tests than the previous week, and 3,500 more than the week before that.
But while screening has increased, the positivity rate has not, remaining at around 12%.
For the first time since mid-October 2021, the incidence rate has stabilised at 1,953, compared to 1,966 the week prior.
In October, the rate was 59 and 52.
The news will come as a relief to the Principality’s health care system, which is struggling to cope with the fifth wave.
As of 17th January, there were 35 Covid patients being cared for at the CHPG, 21 of whom are residents, while five other patients were in ICU, including one resident.
The Home Monitoring Centre is following 373 residents with mild symptoms.
The Principality has recorded 44 Covid-related deaths from a total of 6,837 cases.
Photo by Benedetta Pizzonia, Monaco Life