Monaco health authorities have just confirmed that four more people have tested positive for Covid-19 to date, bringing the total number infected to 7.
Most of the patients, who had mild symptoms, have returned home where they will receive follow-up treatment from the Princess Grace Hospital Center. Only one person has been hospitalized.
In each case, an epidemiological investigation has been launched to identify the people with whom each patient had contact.
As of midnight on Saturday, March 14, which was Prince Albert’s 62nd birthday, the government announced the closing of non-essential businesses in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. For more on what is open and what is closed, read Monaco Avoids Lockdown: Non-Essentials Closed Until Further Notice.
As SNCF introduces a gradual slowdown in train service, the government is recommending employees who commute to Monaco especially to take advantage of telecommuting, which will also allow provide a short-term childcare solution as schools remain closed.
With a surge of panic at Carrefour Monaco on Saturday, shoppers, some wearing white masks were frantically stocking up on canned and paper goods. The government, however, assures residents that there will be no shortage of foodstuffs.