Coronavirus On The Rise In Monaco: Five New Cases

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Another five confirmed cases of coronavirus were announced by the Monaco health authorities on Sunday, March 22.

No details of gender or age were provided. This is 11 new cases since Friday.

The number of people in the Principality now currently Covid-19 positive is 22. Prince Albert, 62, and minister of state Serge Telle, 64, both tested positive last week. The country’s first case, a twentysomething male diagnosed on February 28 has made a full recovery.

READ: Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump 50% In Monaco In 24 Hours

While urging residents to “respect” home confinement rules, the government has announced a curfew effective Sunday, and until further notice, from 10 p.m to 5 a.m.

Anyone found outside the home during these hours, other than authorized workers, could face a fine of up to €200—even for taking out their dog or getting some exercise.

Today, France’s Regional Health Agency (ARS) is reporting 1,041 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in the in PACA region, passing the 1,000 marker. This figure includes in the Alpes-Maritimes department, where there are 174 cases and 4 people have died.

There were 112 more Covid-19 deaths in France, taking the overall total to 562, with 14,459 confirmed cases.

Accordingly, the French parliament passed an emergency bill Sunday morning bestowing the government special powers during the health crisis. The Prime Minister now has the power to immediately put into practice a set of restrictive measures that apply throughout the country, including harsher penalties.

Currently, there is a €135 minimum fine for breaking home confinement rules but any offence repeated within 15 days will face a €1,500 penalty, and “four violations within 30 days” will be "punishable by a fine of €3,700 and up to six months in prison.”