French and Riviera News Friday 24th April 2020

Patients discharged from hospital - 870 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the Alpes Maritimes since the start of the epidemic and the number is constantly increasing since April 13th.

Number of people in hospital - Across both regions, the Alpes Maritimes and the Var, 97 patients are in intensive care out of 605 patients hospitalised.

Deaths in the Alpes Maritimes and Var - Covid-19 has claimed 350 lives in the Alpes Maritimes and the Var 5 of which were reported on Thursday.

Monaco - In Monaco no new Covid-19 positive cases were reported on Thursday, April 23. 94 people remain affected by the coronavirus.

The total number of patients who have recovered stand at 35. 2 people are hospitalized. Both are in intensive care.

To date there are 58 patients which are under home monitoring suffering from mild symptoms. And four people have died in the Principality from Covid-19 since the beginning of the epidemic.

National figures for coronavirus – Figures released in Thursday evening saw an additional 516 lives robbed by the coronavirus in France in 24 hours.

In total 21,856 deaths have been declared 13,547 occurred in hospitals and 8,309 in nursing homes. 29,219 patients are hospitalised, that's 522 less than on Wednesday.

7,579 patients are in intensive care. The number of patients being admitted to hospital continues to drop.

Estrosi participates in video conference with Head of State - After having participated Thursday morning, in a video conference organized by the French President with 22 mayors across France. The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi says that he welcomes “the progress obtained in preparation for the end of lockdown” announcing that “all National Education staff will be tested ahead of resuming their posts”.

Estrosi, also added that another positive point to come out of the meeting was the “possibility” that “under the supervision from the Prefect and the Regional Health Agency” certain business sectors could “reopen earlier than elsewhere”. The mayor of Nice added that he was “notably thinking of the tourism industry” crucial to the region’s economy.

Emmanuel Macron is set to meet with unions of the hotel and restaurant industry this morning at 9.30am. Riviera Radio will be keeping you updated throughout the morning on the outcome of this meeting.

The Elysée said ahead of Thursday’s conference "The management of the crisis will be more and more decentralised and mayors in particular will be at the helm,”

During the meeting, the President r