French and Riviera News Monday 20th April 2020

Coronavirus - There have been 3 new deaths from the coronavirus in the Alpes Maritimes over the weekend and 4 in the Var. In total to date, Covid-19 has claimed 313 lives in both these regions. 

In detail in the Alpes Maritimes, 279 patients are currently hospitalised and there are 55 in intensive care. In the Var 317 people are hospitalised and 46 are in intensive care. 

In the whole PACA region, 2,771 patients have been discharged from hospital cured from the virus while 470 patients have succumbed to Coivd-19 since the end of February. Out of 1,795 hospitalized patients (-71), 348 patients (-16) have been placed in intensive care units.

In Monaco after four consecutive days last week of no new cases of coronavirus the Principality announced one new case on Friday, no new cases on Saturday or Sunday were reported.

The total number of cases of the virus in the Principality to date stands at 94. Twenty-two patients have recovered. 7 people are in hospital, 3 of which are in intensive care. There are currently 86 patients being cared for at home with mild symptoms of the virus. 

Worldwide the pandemic has killed nearly 160,000 people, including 19,323 in France which from today begins its sixth week of confinement. According to authorities the effects of distancing measures are starting to be felt: for the tenth consecutive day, the balance of hospitalizations continues to decrease. 

Meanwhile New Caledonia will be the first French territory to exit confinement today Monday 20th April. To date, only 18 cases, all imported, have been detected for a total of 3,000 tests carried out while, for 12 days, no new patients have been identified.

Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe - During a press conference on Sunday evening the French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe declared that "Our lives from May 11th will not be exactly the life we had before confinement". 

The Prime Minister indicated that he would not be detailing during the press conference, the measures for the end of the confinement  which were announced by Emmanuel Macron for May 11th. Before adding that he "will do it soon, within the next two weeks when he will present the plan that the President has asked him to prepare."

The Prime Minister underlined that while the health crisis was progressively getting slowly better it was "not over".

During the Press conference it was also announced by the Prime Minister and Health Minister Olivier Véran that families will be able to visit their loved ones staying in nursing homes all be it under very strict conditions from M