French and Riviera News Monday 27th April 2020

Coronavirus - There has been a drop in the number of deaths from coronavirus in France. Figures released on Sunday saw 242 deaths reported in 24 hours compared to 369 the previous day.

22,856 patients have died in France from Covid-19, since the beginning of the epidemic. Of these deaths 14,202 occurred in hospitals and 8,654 in nursing homes.

In the region one death was reported on Sunday bringing the total to 187 deaths in the Alpes Maritimes and 191 in the Var.

There were no new cases of coronavirus reported in the Principality on Sunday.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will present the government plan for the end of lockdown to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

France has announced that on May 11th after eight weeks of confinement schools will open progressively, people will be able to return to work, transport will be operating and masks and gels, as well as tests, will be made available for the most vulnerable.

Caregivers leave to go and help in the Grand Est - Twenty-eight care workers from Monaco, Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cannes, Toulon and Marseille are to leave the Côte d’Azur today to go and help healthcare workers in the Grand Est, one of the worst hit regions by the coronavirus in France.

They will join a previous group of care workers which left the region for the Grand Est on April 12th.

Tele-consultation - Providing essential health services during the coronavirus pandemic and limiting human contact as much as possible a Tele-consultation service has been implemented in the Principality.

The Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG) has already acquired a videoconference solution while the Government offers a solution to the other health services and centres.

All the information is available at the website

Marseille clinic allows father to stay confined with expecting mothers - A clinic in Marseille is offering future fathers the possibility to be allowed to remain during the entire maternity stay for expecting mothers. Since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, expecting mothers have wondered if the father will be able to attend the birth. Now, at the Bouchard clinic, fathers can be confined with mothers. The move is to not only avoid the risks of contamination but above all to allow parents to “live together” the birth of their child.

Private testing in Saint Tropez - Meanwhile in Saint Tropez in the Var local officials are investigating reports that wealthy residents of in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez have had access to private coronavirus tests at a time when local hospital staff face a lack of screening. Local media has reported that around 60 of Les Pa