Fatal accident at Larvotto, new health measures for French schools, mass controls this weekend

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Fatal accident at Larvotto, new health measures for French schools, mass controls this weekend

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A 60-year-old driver has been killed today while delivering sand to Larvotto beach.

The incident involving a dump truck took place in front of Le Bahia residential building on avenue Princesse Grace. Nine firefighters and two SMUR doctors were on site but were not able to resuscitate the victim.

An investigation has been opened by Public Security during which “the area concerned is fenced off and isolated from the rest of the site,” the government said in a press release.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, the minister of education, youth and sport, held a press conference this afternoon to announce new health measures which will take effect from Monday in the 19 departments with reinforced health measures.

“Education remains a priority,” the minister said. “Young people need the school system.”

Over the past seven days, 21,000 cases were confirmed and 148 schools and 3,256 classes were closed. There were 200,000 saliva tests administered with 65% of parents allowing their children to be tested.

From Monday in the 19 “confined” departments, any class, at any level, where a students tests positive will be closed immediately.

For reference, 12,352,200 students attend 61,510 French schools with 866,500 teachers. Blanquer echoes president Macron’s words that a vaccination campaign for teachers will begin end of April.

For the Alpes-Maritimes and the other 18 departments under restricted movement, 90,000 police will be enforcing controls from tonight, especially at airports, train stations and highway tolls. As well, any group over 6 will be fined, as will anyone not carrying an attestation for traveling more than 10 km or after curfew.

Only people working in Monaco and those living in the neighboring municipalities of Cap d’Ail, Beausoleil and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, as well as Eze and Menton, will be able to enter the country with a French attestation. Anyone staying in the Principality must still  present a hotel reservation and a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

France registered 111,000 cases over the last 48 hours, with a postivity rate of 8%. President Macron has announced that stricter measures are on the way in the coming days or week.

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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.