According to French media Monaco-Matin, a woman with symptoms of coronavirus was hospitalized at Princess Grace Hospital Center (CHPG) in Monaco Monday afternoon. And a second person, an Italian, was also admitted. Tests have been carried out on the two and sent to Marseille with the results expected Tuesday.
There are 8,172 Italian resident in Monaco, making up 13.8% of the population. And with 4,222 empolyees (8.3% of Monaco's workforce) in the private sector living in Italy, where the biggest outbreak of the virus in Europe has been reported, today’s news has alarmed residents.
“A room is dedicated at the CHPG to receive and treat a patient if necessary,” minister of social affairs and health Didier Gamerdigner told the French daily newspaper. “Even though the borders are not closed, the government has obviously been paying close attention since January 28, when we first organized a meeting with firefighters, CHPG, Emergency and DASS to define protocol.”