UPDATE: On Sunday, April 5, seven more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Monaco, bringing the total to 73.
In a statement today, Prince Albert said, “Let us keep the spirit of unity and solidarity flowing with courage and patience. I rely on all of you.”
This comes as health officials announced late Saturday evening two more confirmed cases of coronavirus, as well as the second coronavirus death in Monaco, an octogenarian, non-resident, who was hospitalized at Princess Grace Hospital Center.
To date, there are 66 cases in Monaco, with three recovered and two deaths. Over the last nine days, since March 27, there have been 31 reported cases. There are a further 108 patients, both confirmed and non-confirmed cases, being supervised under the Home Patient Monitoring Center.
While Prince Albert was given a clean bill of health 12 days after being confirmed Covid-19 positive, the minister of state would have to wait nearly three weeks for the all clear.
Serge Telle was diagnosed on March 16 and was declared “officially cured and immune” by doctors on Friday, April 3. He told local French media, Monaco-Matin, today, “I feel much better. I have had no symptoms for several days and I’ve finally regained energy. It was very long. I am still surprised at how much this virus can knock you out. It’s really a nasty virus.”
Telle underwent two tests, a nasal swab, which came back negative, and serological blood test of the fingertip, which confirmed recovery. Benoîte de Sevelinges, Director of the Princess Grace Hospital Center, explained protocol for Covid-19 testing in Monaco to Monaco Info yesterday.
The Monaco police were out in full force on the borders today, and conducted 2,061 controls of cars and pedestrians. They fined 132 people, including 17 who wanted to visit Monaco without a valid reason. This operation will be reinforced until Easter weekend.
France will release a new digital attestation for smartphones on Monday. French minister of the interior, Christophe Castaner, said that the confinement is “well respected” and that the French “have appropriated the rules,” and therefore a digital attestation will be permitted, in addition to the paper version.
In Italy, civil protection authority chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters on Saturday that the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care fell for the first time over the past 24 hours. “This is very important news. It allows our hospitals to breathe,” he said. The country’s death toll rose by 681 to 15,362, slightly lower than figures over the past few days.
Spain has extended its three-week lockdown by another two weeks, until April 25. Residents are still not permitted to exercise or be more then 50 meters from their home, even though new coronavirus infections and deaths continue to slow.
With the world's second-highest coronavirus death toll, Spain’s health ministry confirmed the fatality rate is less than half the pace of the nearly 20 percent increase registered a week ago.