Weather
25 ° C
25°C
18°C
Sunny Intervals
Breaking News

1 Covid case 23 Sep, 3 hospitalised, 2 in ICU, 15 home monitored, 3,234 recoveries, 35 deaths, 36 incidence rate, 77% eligible population vaccinated

Covid tests and incidence rate reach new highs

Covid tests and incidence rate reach new highs

By Cassandra Tanti - July 27, 2021

The number of Covid tests conducted in Monaco and the incidence rate have both hit their highest levels since the government began releasing weekly figures to the public.

At the request of Monaco’s National Council, the government has been compiling weekly reports on both vaccination numbers and tests since the beginning of March 2021, releasing them to the press and to the public.

A look back at the figures show that, after reaching a peak in March, the incidence and positivity rates in Monaco both went on an encouraging downward trend, until the month of July.

On Monday, the government revealed that between the week of 19th and 25th July, there were 5,679 PCR and antigen tests conducted in the Principality, compared to 4,341 tests the previous week. It is the highest number of tests seen in Monaco so far.

Circulation among residents is on the rise

The positivity rate for tests performed on residents and non-residents remained unchanged at 4%. However, the weekly incidence rate among the population almost doubled again, jumping from 156 to 269. The week prior, the incidence rate stood at 91.

The government warned last week that “the incidence rate is on the rise among six to 18-year-olds,” revealing that in the month of June, nearly 60% of infected residents were aged up to 29 years.

An incidence rate of 200 or more normally signals the onset of stricter restrictions by governments worldwide to curb the spread of Covid. On Saturday 24th July, Monaco stepped up its measures, making masks mandatory for everyone outdoors, and set a health pass requirement for most foreigners who wish to enter restaurants, bars or cultural venues.

READ ALSO: Which visitors to Monaco need to show a health pass?

Is herd immunity still possible?

Prince Albert and his government are still aiming for herd immunity through widespread vaccination in the Principality, particularly as the more contagious Delta variant is now the dominant strain of the virus.

So far, 63.3% of the eligible population above the age of 12 have received at least one shot. However, 13% of people aged over 75 and 32% of the 65-75 age group have not yet been vaccinated. “To achieve the greatest possible herd immunity, it is important to vaccinate the entire population concerned,” said the government, reminding everyone that the shots remain free of charge for residents as well as for employees over 50.

Hospitalisations increase

As the incidence rate rises in the Principality, so too does the number of hospitalisations. As of 26th July, 12 patients including seven residents were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre, while two non-resident patients were in intensive care.

 

 

 

Photo by Mark de Jong on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

shares
SHARE
Previous articleMonaco Ville is waiting for you
Next articleUNESCO adds Nice to World Heritage List

daily

September 16, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

It’s back to school for equality

Cassandra Tanti

Monaco’s Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women's Rights has launched a new chapter of its equality campaign, this time focusing on sports and leisure activities.

0
September 15, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

Who will be forced to get vaccinated from 30th October?

Stephanie Horsman

The National Council has passed a divisive law which requires certain workers, from care staff to speech therapists, to be fully vaccinated in order to continue working in their field.

0
September 7, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

EU hits 70% vaccination milestone

Stephanie Horsman

The European Commission has announced that, as of the end of August, 70% of the adult population of the European Union has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

0
September 5, 2021 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

Peaceful protest puts spotlight on health pass

Cassandra Tanti

In what is a very rare sight in Monaco, hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday to protest against the mandatory health pass in the Principality.

0