43% Monaco Residents Tested For Coronavirus, Work Force Screenings From Tuesday

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

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The government launched its Covid-19 serological screening campaign two weeks ago, allowing 90,000 people that make up Monaco’s population and workforce to be tested for free.

Over the first phase of the resident-focused testing, 43% of the population volunteered to participate. Of the country's 38,100 habitants, some 16,200 people were screened at two test sites, the Grimaldi Forum and Espace Léo Ferré, and 2.7% of the serological tests were positive, approximately 437 people.

Health officials point out, however, that these figures do not yet factor in police, firefighters, carabinieri or the National Education Directorate, who live in Monaco but were tested elsewhere.

From Tuesday, June 2, approximately 50,000 people working in the Principality—employees, civil servants and state workers and those self-employed—can be screened for free between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Grimaldi Forum.

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Screening is voluntary and confidential with the results only communicated to the person being tested. The testing done will be done in alphabetical order so from tomorrow family names starting with letters A and B (roughly 6,000 people). See below for full schedule and the attestation form to download.

Any resident who has not been tested can also go to the Grimaldi Forum on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, June 3, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., also at the Grimaldi Forum, children, both Monegasque and resident, under the age of 5 can also be screened.

The government says that although they have developed antibodies and that a person can potentially be immunized, this does not mean that he or she is no longer contagious. The message is clear: regardless of whether you test positive or negative, it is crucial to maintain social distancing.

Monaco Workforce Screening Schedule (alphatbetical by last name)
A, B: June 2-3
C, D: June 4-5
E, F, G, H: June 6, June 8
I, J, K, L: June 9-10
M: June 10
N, O, P: June 12
Q, R, S, T: June 13 and June 15
U, V, W, X, Y, Z: June 16

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.