Two More Test Positive For Coronavirus, National Council Pushes For Hydroxychloroquine

Two More Test Positive For Coronavirus, National Council Pushes For Hydroxychloroquine

Photo: Conseil National de Monaco Facebook

As Monaco enters its second week of lockdown, two more coronavirus cases were reported today, bringing the total confirmed cases since February 28 to 33.

From Friday, March 20, to Wednesday, March 25 cases in the Principality spiked 61.2%. 

The National Council continues in its unrelenting call for Monaco to “adapt to the emergency situation.” The elected assembly led by President Stéphane Valeri is demanding the Monaco government to authorize prescriptions of hydroxychloroquine for patients with Covid-19.

“In the context of this serious health crisis, everything must be done today to save lives,” they said on their Facebook page this evening.

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The French Government has just approved by decree the prescription of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus cases.

UPDATE:  While chloroquine is used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria, hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat lupus, an auto-immune disease, and other chronic ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis.

In France, where as of March 25 there were 25,233 cases, with 1,331 deaths (nine fewer fatalities than the previous day), a medical TGV was used for the first time on Thursday to transport patients from Alsace, one of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus.

French Health Minister Olivier Véran said using a train like this to transport patients is a first for Europe. “It could be repeated, as hospitals in the east of France are overwhelmed with coronavirus cases, are reaching critical capacity.”

The high-speed double-decker train took 50 logistical staff and medical personnel with 20 infected patients requiring intensive care from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Loire region, one of the country’s least affected areas