Alpes-Maritimes Likely “High-Risk” By Weekend, Schools Reopening And Tour de France Still A Go

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Alpes-Maritimes Likely “High-Risk” By Weekend, Schools Reopening And Tour de France Still A Go

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While Covid cases in Monaco have leveled off the past few days, only two new confirmed infections since Saturday, Public Health France has reported today that the Alpes-Maritimes department is expected to reach and cross the threshold of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants within days. It will then be classified a “high-risk” zone giving the prefect temporary powers to control the spread of the virus.

“I am very concerned about the development of the situation,” said Romain Alexandre, departmental delegate of the Regional Health Agency. “I call for the utmost vigilance and respect for barrier measures.”

Alexandre, who has been observing the daily progression curves of Covid-19 in the Alpes-Maritimes, added that even though last Wednesday the department was rated “moderate,” it is quite possible it will hit “high” before the weekend with twelve clusters having been identified.

“In the week of June 15 to 20, we had one to two cases per day. We now rise on average to 48 positive cases per day,” he said, although there is a very low rate of hospitalization, only 26 covid cases were treated on Sunday in the department, with no patients in intensive care.

France's latest daily tally of new infections, 3,015 on Sunday, was lower than the previous day's 3,310. Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, “We must avoid a new lockdown at any cost,” she said.

From Tuesday, face masks may become mandatory in all shared workplaces. And the country still plans to reopen schools nationwide in two weeks.

In Nice, the rise in contagion could threaten the start of the Tour de France on August 29.

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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.