Nine New Coronavirus Cases In Monaco, Monaco And France Extend Lockdown

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UPDATE: Monaco has announced that the 2-week confinement period will be extended until April 15. Rules and curfew, as previously defined, remain as is for the moment.

Health authorities in Monaco confirmed on Friday, March 27, that nine new people tested positive for Covid-19.

This brings the number of people in the Principality affected by the coronavirus to 42, including one recovered case, marking a 71.4 percent increase from last Friday. Not all cases, however, are Monaco residents

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Ten days into a two-week confinement, French prime minister Edouard Philippe has already extended the lockdown until April 15, stating the same rules will apply.

“It is clear that we are only at the beginning of the epidemic wave," explained Edouard Philippe, adding that a further extension could be decided "if and only if the health situation requires it."

This follows his warning earlier today of “difficult in the days to come” in France with an "extremely high" surge in coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Spain hit its highest point to date, 769 people died in 24 hours, bringing the total number to 4,858. However, as the country increases its rate of testing, new infections slowed from 18 percent on Thursday to 14 percent today.