French and Riviera News Monday 18th May 2020

Toddler falls from 2nd floor apartment - A two-year-old boy has been air lifted to hospital in Marseille after falling from a second-floor apartment in Saint Maximin. The boy’s condition is reported to be stable. The circumstances of the accident remain unknown.

Meanwhile a second similar incident occurred on Sunday in Frejus, in the Var, when a 17-month-old girl fell from the second floor of a building located on avenue Victor-Hugo

The child was  rescued by emergency services and taken to the Lenval hospital in Nice.

According to the investigation, the girl, who was on the balcony at the time, evaded her parents attention before climbing on the railing and losing her balance.

Primary school closed in Nice after child tests positive - A primary school in Nice has been closed after a child tested positive for Covid-19. The closure of the Nazareth primary and nursery school on rue Pessicart in Nice was ordered by the regional health agency and the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi. The school is expected to be closed until May 26th.

Schools reopen – Meanwhile across France students in grades 6 and 5 are back in class today. Some 4,000 establishments in departments classified as "green zones" will welcome students, however for middle school students from the four regions in the "red zone", they will have to wait until the end of the month to find out if they will resume their lessons.

Italy - And Italy begins the "phase 2" of its deconfinement, today, with the reopening of shops, cafes and terraces. The country, the first in the world to have adopted a total lockdown of its population, benefits from a first partial lifting of restrictions since May 4th.

Coronavirus - Sunday claimed one new victim of the virus in the Alpes Maritimes. To date 457 people have died in both the Alpes Maritimes and the Var from Covid-19.

162 people remain hospitalised in the Alpes-Maritimes, including 14 in intensive care

In the Var, 169 are in hospital of which 16 are in intensive care.

Health Minister new support plan for health workers - Olivier Veran France’s Health Minister, has said he is working on a new support plan for hospitals and healthcare workers, including pay raises and revised working hours and conditions for those on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Veran said he would begin consultations on 25th May with health representatives and other partners to ensure workers are adequately compensated for the risks they have been subjected to in helping to combat the coronavirus.

The new support plan is to include a pay raise for essential healt