Monaco hits record daily cases

A third of Monaco’s eligible population remains unvaccinated as hospitalisations surge and new daily Covid cases continue to break records, including 80 on Christmas day.
It was a quarantine Christmas for some this year, with 67 people testing positive for the virus on Friday 24th and 80 people on Saturday 25th – a new record for the Principality.
The increase in the spread of Covid-19 is having a major impact on Monaco’s health system, with 27 Covid patients being treated at the Princess Grace Hospital as of Saturday. Among them, nine are residents, while five patients – all non-residents – are in critical condition in ICU. The hospital has an ICU bed capacity of eight.
Meanwhile, Monaco recorded two Covid-related deaths in the days before Christmas, a 97-year-old and a 77-year-old, bringing the Principality’s total to 38 since the pandemic began.
In January, the Monaco Government is expected to bolster its vaccination campaign as the fifth wave sweeps through the Principality.
According to the latest figures from statistics body IMSEE, 66.7% of the resident population who is eligible for the vaccine – those aged over 12 years – have received both shots.
It means that 33.3% of eligible residents, or a third of the population aged over 12, are still unvaccinated.
People aged over 75 are among the most vaccinated in the Principality at 93%, followed by 77.9% of people in the 55-64 age group.
Just over half of the population aged between 18 and 44 are vaccinated against Covid.