France Passes Coronavirus Peak, Mask Distribution Around Monaco

Coronavirus Masks Monaco

Photo: G. Luci /Palais Princier

Yesterday, Jérôme Salomon, the director of the French public health authority, said the coronavirus has passed its peak in France, although Paris remains a hotspot.

Salomon, a French infectious diseases physician, also stated that COVID-19 is now infecting on average less than one other person in France. Before the March 17 confinement measures the figure was three.

"This is how we will manage to put the brakes on the epidemic," he said. "The fall in the number of people in intensive care has been confirmed but it remains very slight."

As of April 20, 5,683 patients were in intensive care, down from a peak of 7,148 on April 8. France has officially recorded 20,265 deaths from Covid-19 infections. Only Italy, Spain and the U.S have passed the 20,000 mark.

At the moment, 150,000 tests carried out per week but French health minister, Olivier Veran hopes to see that number rise to 500,000.

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In Monaco, the distribution of masks has already begun and residents will receive two reusable and washable fabric masks by post.

In Menton, distribution points will be set up in the coming weeks, although the elderly and those vulnerable can call the CCAS on 04 92 41 76 00 to organize a delivery.

In Roquebrune, residents can enroll on the town’s website or call 04 92 10 48 22 to register for their masks. Two will be given to each person from age 3. You’ll receive an email as to which of the 7 distribution points you can pick up the masks from May 5. CCAS will deliver directly to the elderly and vulnerable. Call 04 93 28 18 92.

Beausoleil will also begin distribution with residents over age 70 from the municipal market (10 am to noon on Tuesday and Thursday), and the Moneghetti market (10 am to noon on Wednesday and Friday.) Again, CCAS will deliver masks to those confined to their homes.