No New Coronavirus Cases, No Amazon Deliveries

Deliveries Forbes Monaco

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For the third consecutive day, health authorities have confirmed that there are no new cases of coronarvirus in Monaco.

Only one case has been reported in the last 8 days. Of the 94 cases, 23 have now fully recovered. 7 are in hospital, 3 of which are in intensive care. 3 people died and the number of patients supervised by the Home Patient Monitor Center has fallen to 81.

Distribution of two reusable and washable masks began last Friday to some 10,000 residents over the age of 65. The rest of the community will soon receive by post the same made in Monaco fabric masks.

As lockdown continues and May 11 in France, Amazon announced on Sunday that its six warehouses in France will remain shut until April 22, two days longer than it has previously said.

This follows a French court ordered the e-commerce giant to “limit its deliveries to essential goods” to protect the company’s 10,000 staff, 6,500 of whom are on permanent contracts, from contracting the coronavirus.

Amazon said in an internal document sent out last week that it would tap into the state partial unemployment scheme to pay its employees during the suspension, which means they would receive 84% of their net salary paid for by the government.

According to France’s labor ministry, currently 9.6 million French people—nearly one in seven—have been forced into partial unemployment due to Covid-19.

France’s state-funded French Economic Observatory (OFCE) reported today that the two-month-long lockdown is expected to cost the country some €120 billion in lost revenue.

“During the lockdown, the GDP was cut by 32 percent, corresponding to five points of GDP for the whole of 2020,” the OFCE wrote.

Between the March 17 to May 11 confinement period, the French are expected to have built up €55 billion in “forced savings” (spending less than they earned) but the OFCE said given the ongoing uncertainties around the pandemic and life post-confinement, consumers will not likely spend these savings “completely or rapidly.”

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