French and Riviera News Friday 10th April 2020


Number of cases of intensive care patients drops for the first time since the begining of the coronavirus outbreak - France on Thursday reported its first fall in the number of patients in intensive care suffering from COVID-19 since the coronavirus epidemic began, with 82 fewer people in intensive care units compared with the day before. 

There are now 7,066 patients in intensive care, announced the top French health official Jerome Salomon, adding that the total combined death toll in hospitals and nursing homes has now risen to 12,210.

Urging people to keep on observing a nationwide lockdown, Salomon went on to say that: "Thanks to these measures, France is in the process of putting the brakes on the epidemic".

30,767 people are still in hospital.  

Regional figures of coronavirus - Meanwhile in the Alpes Maritimes and the Var 107 people have died from Covid-19 and an additional 44 from nursing homes have also fallen victim to the virus. 

Figures released on Thursday report that 264 people are hospitalised in the Alpes Maritimes. 84 are in intensive care. In the Var 278 people are in hospital and 56 are in intensive care. 

In Monaco five people out of 84 cases have been cured from the coronavirus. Eleven people are hospitalised of which three are in intensive care. 

Extensive disinfection starts this morning in Cannes - The town hall in Cannes has annnounced that an extensive disinfection of an area of La Bocca will take place this morning. Place Roubaud and surrounding areas will be disinfected by a pick-up type  vehicle propelling a disinfectant soution over a range of 15 meters,  a drone which will also spray the same disinfectant solution and two pedestrian agents equipped with backpack thermal sprayers. The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, said that a "major disinfection" will be carried out at the end of confinement throughout the entire municipal territory of Cannes.

Prefect of the Var announced tightening of confinement measures - The Prefect of the Var, Jean-Luc Videlaine, has announced a tightening of the confinement measures. The opening of shops and commecial delivery and take away services will be prohibited from 9pm to 6am. The new rules are in operation until at least midnight on the 15th of April throughout the Var department. Service stations are not included in the new measures.

Just ask Nicole - A virtual assistant who goes by the name of "Nicole" has been launched by the regional council. Nicole is there to answer questions onn Covid-19 as well as measures in place to stem the epidemic. With a simple click on www.departe