French and Riviera News Friday 17th April 2020

Coronavirus - The latest figures released  by the French National Health agency have shown that 280 people have died in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var from the coronavirus. The deaths have occurred in both nursing homes and hospitals, since the start of the epidemic.

As reported on Wednesday there has been a slight drop in patients hospitalized and in intensive care, in both the Alpes Maritimes and the Var. 

In Monaco for a fourth consecutive day no cases of the virus were reported in the Principality on Thursday. 

Mayor of Nice wants testing for all - Meanwhile the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has sent a letter to France's  Minister of Health Olivier Véran, saying that the City of Nice wishes to acquire blood tests "for all of Nice" to detect Covid-19 .  Estrosi wishes to know if the tests which the city would like to acquire will be approved.  The mayor went on to say that "He is convinced that we will only succeed in the end of a lockdown, by putting in place a global strategy including, in particular, the compulsory wearing of a masks and a massive screening campaign,"

"After having decided to supply masks for all the people of Nice, we now want to put ourselves in a position to be operational at the start of the end of confinement. All of the suppliers for the tests are currently tell us that they are in the process of being approved by the High Authority of Health". 

Blood tests for nursing home staff, police, but also staff for waste collection and CCAS are in the pipeline but the mayor of Nice would like a screening to also be made available to the people of Nice.

Postal service in the region - The postal service in the region has announced that from Monday 20th April, the public group will open ten additional offices in the Alpes-Maritimes and that the distribution frequency will also be increased to a minimum of four days.
As of Monday. 

At the start of confinement, the number of post offices operating was restricted in order to protect employees. Today, 37 out of 108 offices are open in the Alpes-Maritimes to provide essential services." Namely: banking, withdrawal of proceedings (registered letters, parcels) and mail deliver"..

Pending the full return to normal of its activity, La Poste advises clients to check opening hours on the website which is updated daily to find the nearest contact point.

China's handling of the coronavirus - In an interview with the Financial Times the French President Emmanuel Macron, has questioned China's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, s