Minister Of State To Get Vaccinated Tuesday, Digital ID, Layoffs, Ski Lifts And Other News

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Minister Of State To Get Vaccinated Tuesday, Digital ID, Layoffs, Ski Lifts And Other News

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Minister of State, Pierre Dartout, who is just shy of 67, will get the Pfizer BioNtech vaccination today as Monaco’s national campaign continues to take stride.

The government confirmed yesterday that all persons aged 75 and over who wanted to be vaccinated have received their first injection or will get it over the next few days. Letters have now been sent out to the 65-74 category asking them to call +377 92 05 55 00 should they wish to be vaccinated.

There were only seven Covid cases reported in Monaco last night and the government announced that Ecole Stella would remain open after a kindergarten student tested positive for coronavirus, following an infection within the family. The student is at home, in accordance with protocol recommended by health authorities. As nasal tests are not carried out at the kindergarten level, nor are these young students required to wear masks, the entire class has been told to stay home until January 24 as a precaution. The school at 16 rue Hubert Clerissi remains open to all other classes and any school staff in contact with the student who tested positive will undergo a PCR test.

Over recent days, various reports from the medical community at large are suggesting that that while non-medical-grade masks—aka cloth masks—are effective at stopping the spread of Covid to others, they are “ill-equipped” at protecting the wearer from inhaling virus particles from the new “British strain.”

Digital ID
In his annual New Year’s wishes, mayor Georges Marsan announced that as part of the country’s digital transition, from this summer any Monegasque or Monaco resident—“if they wish”—can have “a secure digital identity which, in the short term, will greatly facilitate administrative procedures.” This digital identity will be associated with their new identity or resident card.

With Monaco Cloud becoming operational in 2021, the Principality becomes the first European country to have its own sovereign cloud. Monaco Cloud, which counts the state as the majority shareholder and Monaco Digital as an industrial shareholder partner, will allow the storage of state data— in particular, smart city services, e-health, e-education and e-administration—as well as that of private actors in the Principality. Based on Amazon Web Services technology, Monaco Cloud will become one of the essential building blocks of Monaco’s digital ecosystem.

Job Cuts At Fairmont
Employees at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo are bracing themselves for layoffs. Last Friday, union reps were told that 72 of the hotel’s 411 permanent contracts will be made redundant, mostly affecting catering, executives and non-executives. 

No Downhill Skiing At February Break 
According to BFM-TV, French prime minister Jean Castex has indicated that ski lifts will remain closed for the month of February as he told France 5 last night “there is no question of prioritizing economic issues over health issues.” Castex is expected to confirm closure later today.

Paying More For Electricity
From February 1, electricity bills in France will increase by 1.6% for “Tarif Bleu” customers and 2.6% for professionals (including tax in both cases). According to the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), this translates to an average €15 a year per household.

CRE commission president Jean-François Carenco said during a press conference these hikes are related to the pandemic that has delayed the country’s energy transition plan. “We do not take this decision without knowing what is happening around us… We are asking everyone to make an effort with this cost increase.”

And winter sales start tomorrow in France and run until February 16. Shoppers in Nice take note that from today paid street parking takes effect.

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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.