Two New Cases In Monaco, Clinical Trials, Exit Strategy And Coronabonds

Coronavirus Monaco

On Tuesday, April 7, two more tests in Monaco were confirmed Covid-19 positive bringing the total number of cases to 79.

On a positive note, four people have now completely recovered. Nine remain in hospital, with four in intensive care, and, as reported previously, two patients have died although neither was resident in Monaco.

There are additionally 103 people, some with coronavirus and others with mild symptoms, being supervised under the Home Patient Monitoring Center. Seems quite high for a country with a population of 38,700.

With the warmer weather, there are noticeably more people out on the streets in Monaco, as well as France. Yesterday, Nice set new restrictions as to when residents could exercise (6 am to noon and 6 pm to 8 pm), and today Paris announced a ban on individual outdoor sports between 10 am and 7 pm.

This comes as the prime minister named Jean Castex as the head strategist for France's Covid-19 exit plan. Working with essentially four deconfinement options—choosing either by region, according to age group, essential workers from non-essential workers or identifying people who are immune—Castex has the monumental task of avoiding a second wave of infections.

Monaco will most likely follow France’s lead, as it has done throughout the health crisis.

Also on Tuesday, the Paris hospital authority AP-HP, the national medical research institute INSERM, and the national blood service EFS, began clinical trials involving transfusions of blood plasma from coronavirus survivors into patients who have severe symptoms in an attempt to treat the illness.

While Spain and Germany saw consecutive days with fewer coronavirus infections, France and Italy saw a spike in deaths on Monday, 833 and 636 respectively. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is urging the European Union to issue coronabonds to help the countries hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic, but the Netherlands, Germany and Austria remain reluctant.

And it’s been a nearly a year since a fire ravaged Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15 causing the roof and spire to collapse and prompting €850 million of donations for its restoration, including from Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH who donated €200 million.

Only seven people will attend the Good Friday service at the Cathedral this year. It will, however, be televised.