Monaco has seen its Covid incidence rate hit 994, while in the Alpes-Maritimes it reached as high 1,407.5, indicating the region is well and truly in its sixth wave of the pandemic.
Monaco’s Covid picture is much like the rest of Europe, with a relatively high number of new cases, but not a huge amount of concern. As of 11th July, the weekly incidence rate had risen to 994, up from the previous 748.
The week of 3rd to 10th July saw 389 new cases with 31 people hospitalised. Of those, 16 are residents. For the first time in months, two patients have been admitted to intensive care, one of whom is a resident.
Meanwhile, there are 197 people being looked after by the Home Monitoring Centre, the government’s programme that medically supports patients with light symptoms.
The number of Covid scans carried out last week, between PCR and antigen tests, sits at 2,250 with a very high positivity rate of 26.7%.
In the Alpes-Maritimes, there are currently 87 patients in intensive care. This brings the intensive care occupancy level to 19%, which is lower than the national rate of 23%. The incidence rate, however, is 1,407.5, with a high 30.5% positivity rate. According to French health figures, 84.5% of those infected have the Omicron BA.4 or BA.5 variant.
Despite the high numbers, the local courts have overturned Mayor Christian Estrosi’s mandate to wear masks on public transportation that was set to go into effect 11th July. Judges at the administrative court of Nice ruled that the Covid situation in the city did not merit differing rules from the rest of the country.
In Monaco, the Prince’s government has “strongly recommended” people wear masks on public transport and busy, populated areas.
Photo of the CSM Covid testing laboratory by Monaco Life