Coronavirus update by the government here in Monaco

Coronavirus update by government here in Monaco  - The Department of Social Affairs and Health here in Monaco has confirmed that a person taken care of by emergency services on Wednesday 26th February with suspected coronavirus has tested negative. The test for COVID 19 were carried out by the hospital in Marseille.

Meanwhile the government here in the Principality has released the following information this morning on Covid-19 in the Principality of Monaco.

Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Monegasque authorities are being constantly vigilant and in constant contact with the French and Italian authorities. The measures announced by the Government are therefore subject to changes depending on the evolution of the health situation.

The measures recommended by the Government are intended to be pragmatic and to avoid creating panic or disturbing family life as little as possible.

It was decided, on Tuesday, February 26, 2020, that schools in the Principality will be open as normal on Monday. However, preventive measures will be applied to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. They are as follows:

Parents returning from risk areas are asked not to put children in school or crèche for 14 days from the date of return. The regions at risk are: China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Italy in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. The list of risk areas will be regularly updated.

Hydroalcoholic solutions will be made available to schools and crèches. Note that these solutions are not toxic to children.

Concerning employees

A comprehensive approach for children and adults is recommended: Self isolation will be recommended for people returning from risk areas.

In this context, it would be up to the person concerned to approach the medical inspectors of public health:

- Doctor Eric VOIGLIO (98 98 48 50, on working days - evoiglio@gouv.mc),

- Doctor Julie BIGA (98 98 44 35, on working days - jbiga@gouv.mc).

After a consultation with the patient, these doctors will issue a certificate justifying absence from work, triggering the daily allowances paid by social security funds without the waiting period.

Employees who are therefore forced to remain confined at home will not lose any income. This compensation measure is valid for both employees in the private sector and for employees in the public sector.

A singular protocol could be adopted for asymptomatic people who work in entities qualified as operators of vital importance. These people can continue their professional mission by submitting, for example, to the obligation to wear a mask or a regular temperature reading.

In general, the Princely Government recommends temporary telework.

The elderly:

• In EPHAD: a poster on precautionary measures to inform patients and their families will displayed and reinforced aseptic measures will be implemented. The same applies to the so-called “sensitive” services of the CHPG.

• At home: people staying at home are covered by the general measures organized for the whole population.

Travel:

In general, the Prince's Government recommends avoiding all private and / or professional travel to areas at risk. For the administration, any exceptions will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis. The regions at risk are:

- China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao),

- Singapore,

- South Korea,

- Thailand,

- Japan,

- Taiwan,

- Malaysia and Italy in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna

- In Italy, the regions of Lombardy and Veneto and Emilia-Romagna.

The list of risk areas will be regularly updated.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CONDUCT OF CONGRESSES AND EVENTS:

The Monegasque authorities do not recommend, at this stage, cancellations or postponements of the demonstrations. This position will be reviewed regularly. Nevertheless, a certain number of precautions will have to be taken:

• Organizers are advised not to invite people from exposed areas.

• The following aseptic measures will be recommended: presence of hydroalcoholic solutions to be made available, more frequent cleaning of premises.

INFORMATION:

In order to allow the emergency services and the CHPG to focus on their primary missions, for any question on the coronavirus, it is recommended to contact Doctor Eric VOIGLIO of the Health Action Department at 98 98 48 50 or at 06 78 63 85 68 or by email: evoiglio@gouv.mc.

In case of symptoms (high fevers and respiratory signs such as cough or shortness of breath), contact the fire department directly on 18 or 112.

Do not go to your doctor or to the emergency room, to avoid any potential contamination.

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