Evening Update Tuesday 21 December 2021

The Covid-19 incidence rate in the Alpes-Maritimes has risen to 920.42 per 100,000 people. According to the French government's Covid-19 Dashboard, that represents an increase of 27.63% in the last seven days. The department is third in the level of incidence rates in France, after the Drome and Ardeche departments and well above the national average of 537.

The Monaco government has said that the incidence rate over the period of seven days before last Sunday was 813.56 compared to 544.98 the previous week. It also said that 9,046 PCR and antigen tests were carried out from the 13th to the 19th of December inclusive, with a positivity rate of 5.17%.

The French government is set to hold an exceptional Council of Ministers meeting next Monday, 27 December. Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said that the meeting will discuss the implementation of the vaccination pass.  He said that the hope is parliament would be able to examine draft legislation in the week between Christmas and the New Year with legislation being in place from "the first half of January". The vaccination pass was announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex last week. Under the plan, testing would no longer be a route to obtaining a pass to allow admission to establishments such as restaurants and museums.

Gabriel Attal added that in Paris the Omicron variant now accounts for more than one in three Covid-19 infections.

The prefectural decree regarding the obligation to wear a mask in the Alpes-Maritimes has been renewed until the 5 January. The obligation of wearing a mask for everyone eleven years and over in all the municipalities of the department applies in many public spaces including shopping malls and similar large and medium-sized spaces, as well as their parking areas and the areas of market towns and city centres characterized by a high concentration of the public. The wearing of a mask is compulsory indoors in all establishments open to the public. When physical distancing of at least two metres between people is possible, the wearing of a mask is not compulsory in natural spaces, urban green spaces, and the coast, including beaches and the edges of bodies of water. Full details of the measures are available on the Prefecture's website www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr

After visiting the testing and vaccination centre at the Rainier III Auditorium, Monaco's Minister of State H.E. Monsieur Pierre Dartout provided figures on the fight against Covid-19 in the Principality. Since 1 st January 2021, 101,000 PCR tests were performed. 3,348 analyzes were positive. 28,875 people received their 1st dose 25,667 received their 2nd dose and 10,598 an extra dose.

The Cannes Municipal Council has voted to extend the Mûriers gymnasium in La Bocca. Built in 1975, it currently ha