Will 2022 be the year of Covid reinfections?

Prince Albert is among 5.3% of Monaco’s population that have contracted Covid twice, according to a new report by IMSEE that also shows 26.6% of residents have tested positive for the virus at some point since the pandemic began.

Statistics body IMSEE has been charged with monitoring the Covid situation in Monaco for around a year now.

Its latest monthly report released on Thursday shows that of the 10,757 cases of Covid as of 31st March 2022, 573 cases were recontaminations. The number of recontaminations is also increasing, with 12.1% of cases in March, compared to 8.5% in February 2022.

Meanwhile, by the end of March, 472 residents were hospitalised in the Principality since the pandemic began, as well as 61 in intensive care. The average length of hospital stay was 12.7 days overall, and 11.5 days for patients who did not stay in intensive care.

In total, 54 (now 55) residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 have died in Monaco. This includes 26 men and 28 women, with a median age of 84.3 years. More than two thirds of the deceased residents were 80 years and over.

The report shows that in the first quarter of 2022, 5,590 residents were infected with Covid-19, more than 2020 and 2021 combined in just three months.

According to IMSEE, each year the average age of those infected is falling, from 46.2 years old in 2020 to 37.6 years old in 2022.

Contamination (incidence rate) among those aged six to 18 peaked at 6,024 on 24th January, compared to 178 on 1st November 2021. It then fell back to around 700 in mid-February before rising again to peak at 3,101 on 24th March and has been falling ever since, although it still remains higher than the global rate.

Currently, 71.7% of the resident population aged 12 and over have received a full vaccination schedule.


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