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The curfew has been brought forward to 7pm and restaurants will no longer be able to open in the evening, in a new round of restrictions designed to pull the Principality back from a record high in Covid cases.
The number of daily coronavirus infections has increased significantly in the Principality, peaking recently at 40. This has led to an increase in the incidence rate which now stands at 410 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The positivity rate (number of positive cases compared to the number of people tested) is now 7.44% compared to 3.5% previously.
As a result, the number of patients hospitalised in Monaco reached a new high of 19 on Saturday, while there are currently nine critical patients in intensive care – the maximum seen since the pandemic began. On the night of 6th January, an 82-year-old resident with Covid-19 died, becoming the Principality’s fifth victim.
Meanwhile, 117 people are being home monitored.
Faced with these figures, the government confirmed in a statement on Saturday that Monaco is facing a “rebound in the epidemic”.
After discussions with the National Council, the government has decided to bring the curfew forward one hour to 7pm. That means all shops, restaurants, casinos and cultural institutions must close their doors by this time and residents should have returned to their homes.
Only the usual exemptions will remain – travel related to professional activity, education or training, for medical reasons, for pressing family reasons, to assist vulnerable people or childcare, or brief outings for pets.
This order will come into force on Monday 11th January and last until Wednesday 27th January.
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Close to 2,400 elderly residents and health workers have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The next stage begins on Tuesday, targeting people in two more vulnerable categories.
The government has warned of sound disturbances at night for the next fortnight as new worksite containers are transported to the Testimonio II construction site.
Victoria climbed to top spot for girls’ names in 2020, while Léo remained most popular for boys. Figures also show there were slightly more deaths recorded in a year marked by Covid-19.
The curfew has been brought forward to 7pm and restaurants will not be able to open in the evening, in a new round of restrictions to pull Monaco back from a record high in Covid cases.
“Exploration yachts are a trend we have seen for the last two years,” says Johan Pizzardini, Communications and Media Manager for the Monaco Yacht Show. “People don’t want to charter the most expensive yacht - they want a yacht with unique experiences.”“This is particularly true for younger customers,” he continues. “If they’re cruising in the Antarctic, they’ll often invite scientists for a research project. It’s not just about sunning yourself in the Bahamas.” Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli has donated his 96-metre explorer superyacht, Vava II, to be used for several scientific expeditions. It has been loaned to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and other research universities from around the world. Mark Duncan, Fraser Yachts Business Development Director, says: “I can think of four or five yachts currently under construction which are being built to an owner’s spec that include research facilities.” One example is the 183-metre Rev Ocean, due to launch in 2020, accommodating a permanent team of up to 60 scientists. It’s being designed to research CO2 emissions’ impact on the oceans, plastic pollution, and unsustainable fishing.
Bannenburg says: “There was a period before the financial crisis when there was an element of market speculation - people were buying shipyard building slots in order to sell them on quickly for profit,” says superyacht designer Dickie Bannenberg. “It only affirmed that a financial crisis was due. No one needs a yacht. It’s by and large the passion that drives them to do it."