Four New Coronavirus Cases In Monaco Friday, Testing And Other Updates

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Nancy Heslin   Editor

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Four more Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Monaco on Friday, April 3.

That’s 64 people now infected, with 60 active cases as a third patient has made a full recovery. One patient, an octogenarian, who was not a resident of Monaco, died last weekend.

Eleven people are at Princess Grace Hospital Center (CHPG), with only one now in ICU. There are still 110 patients, those confirmed to be coronavirus positive and others showing symptoms but not confirmed, receiving home care.

Forbes Monaco once again reached out to the government to get a breakdown of the Monaco residents versus non-resident ratio in both confirmed and non-confirmed cases. Once again, no reply was given. We also asked about the current testing protocol for residents and no reply was given.

Speaking to Monaco Info on Friday evening, Benoîte de Sevelinges, Director of CHPG, gave a breakdown of how coronavirus is tested in Monaco, although she did not provide any figures regarding the actual number of patients tested. The first step is a diagnostic test, a nasopharyngeal swab, or a swab that goes up the nose far back into the throat, for several seconds to absorb secretions. Technically this is known (in both English and French) as PCR—polymerase chain reaction testing.

“This PCR tube is then sent to Nice or Paris, depending on urgency. The problem is that 20% of the results are false negative,” de Sevelinges explained, adding a scan of the lungs can in some cases provide Covid-19 results quicker that PCR.

Serological tests, which governments are currently trying to implement as part of de-confinement exit strategies, search the blood for antibodies to the virus “These are done after a person has had the coronavirus,” said de Sevelinges. “There are three lines on the tube to confirm whether you have had the illness and whether you are immune.” Even if a person has never been diagnosed with coronavirus, the finger-prick test would still confirm the antibody.

Professeur Yann-Erick Claessens, head of Emergency Services at CHPG, also told Monaco Info that there has been a 60% drop in people coming to emergency, a phenomenon occurring across hospitals in France. Prof. Claessens delivered a very clear message to those who need medical attention for reasons other than coronavirus: get to the hospital because the situation can quickly develop complications.

Meanwhile, the construction at Larvotto has resumed, much to the chagrin of residents confined to their homes, and will operate Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

With such a high rate of coronavirus in neighboring Italy, Forbes Monaco asked the government in which county the workers reside. “Only 2 of the 34 workers on the site are Italian.”

Concerning the government's bailout initiative, we reached out the Direction de l'Expansion Économique for clarification of the “loan” for up to €50,000 available to small businesses registered in Monaco and was told “to this end, the State has endowed the Guarantee Fund with an additional €50M intended to counter guarantee the intervention of banks, relying on the latter's expertise in measuring ‘customer risk’” adding that Forbes Monaco should contact the press department at the government's Communication Department.

Summary for Friday: one for four.

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Nancy Heslin   Editor

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.