Monaco Update: Covid Deaths, Vaccination Drive And Limited Travel Within France

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Update: Covid Deaths, Vaccination Drive And Limited Travel Within France

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Ten Covid cases and Monaco’s fourteenth fatality were confirmed Monday. The 65-year-old, who tested positive for the virus, is the fifth resident to die from coronavirus since last Wednesday. Little information has been given about any of the victims and possible pre-existing health conditions.

From Monday, January 25 to Monday, February 1, 131 additional cases were recorded in the Principality. There are currently 53 patients (including 35 residents) in hospital, up from 44 patients (17 residents) last week although the ICU numbers remain stable: 10 patients counting 4 residents. The number of people being supervised by the Home Patient Monitoring Center has dropped from 145 to 108.

Monaco’s first vaccination took place on December 31 and the government has stated that 4,000 residents and Monegasques have been vaccinated. Pressed for clarity on how many have received a second dose, the government tells Forbes Monaco that “each person who expressed a wish to be vaccinated received a first injection. Of course, for each of them, the second injection is already scheduled. It takes place three weeks after the first injection. As of January 26, we have started giving the vaccine booster.”

And while many European countries have had to suspend their campaigns due to shortage of supply, Monaco remains unaffected. “For the moment, despite significant tensions within international markets, Monaco has vaccines to continue its vaccine strategy started at the end of December,” the government tells Forbes Monaco.

“We have several sources of supply. In fact, under an agreement with France, part of our vaccines come from the European sector via France. For several months, we have also pre-ordered vaccines through a program of the World Health Organization. We will not go into detail about all the efforts made by the government to obtain vaccines, but we are doing everything we need to have them.”

And with France’s new international travel measures coming into effect on February 1, Monaco residents and Monegasques should note that anyone traveling further than 30 kilometers from home while have to justify a “compelling reason” to be in France. Shopping, going to your second home in the Var, skiing or heading to Italy where restaurants have opened as of yesterday do not count as valid reasons.

With the exception of cross-border workers and truck drivers, anyone over the age of 11 must present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours if stopped (both La Turbie A8 Exit and the Menton-Italy border have controls, as do train stations), and that technically includes Monaco residents.

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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.