Confirmed Covid cases in Monaco have slightly calmed down, with only three reported Sunday and four on Monday, compared to 29 on Saturday and 24 on Friday.
At a press conference this afternoon, minister of state Pierre Dartout took stock of the health situation one week after the implementation of the curfew measures.
Monaco’s incidence rate is still below France and Italy but at 315 is much higher than previous weeks.
The minister stated that 85% of the population is wearing masks in public. However, last weekend, some 90 fines were issued to those not wearing a mask and 26 fines given for not respecting the curfew, plus there were 25 warnings for not respecting social distance barriers.
Between 1,800 to 1,900 people are tested every week in the Principality (in France, there are 2 million tested per week with a 20% positivity rate). While PCR tests remain the standard for detecting coronavirus in Monaco, the government is promoting the use of as antigen tests, which are faster and less expensive. According to the Mayo Clinic, “A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there's an increased chance of false-negative results.”
Princess Grace Hospital Center currently has 19 coronavirus patients, including 13 people in the Covid Unit and three in intensive care. 87 people are supervised at the moment by the Home Patient Monitoring Center.