French and Riviera News Monday 4th May 2020

Alpes Maritimes and Var classified as “green” - The Alpes-Maritimes and the Var region along with the rest of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur has been classified as a “green” region. The map of France is designed to be an indicator of not only the circulation of the virus but also the measures to be taken at the end of the lockdown which is planned for May 11th.

A region classified as “green” is considered to be the least affected by Covid 19, the circulation of the virus is weak, and the hospitals are not overcrowded whereas a region classified as “red” means there are still too many cases of the virus and the number of patients in intensive care remains high. Those classified orange are in between the two and will switch to either red or green by the 7th May, which is when the map will be declared definite, ahead of end of the lockdown.

The Alpes Maritime and the Var had previously been classified orange and changed to green on Saturday 2nd May and remaining green on Sunday 3rd. The map is updated on a daily basis.

Details of end of lockdown - Details of the measures concerning social life and activities within the framework of the national deconfinement strategy in France presented by the Prime Minister have been published For more information

The chart gives the chances of activities being available on low circulation or the virus "faible" and a high circulation of the virus "élevée".

Coronavirus cases - No deaths from coronavirus were reported on Sunday May 3rd in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var. The latest figures show that the virus has claimed since February 28th 197 lives in the Alpes Maritimes 205 in the Var and 311 in the rest of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region.  

In the Alpes-Maritimes, 200 people are still hospitalized, including 33 in intensive care.

In the Var, the number of hospitalizations stands at 245, of which 30 people are still in intensive care.

Monaco - Meanwhile Monaco starts its first phase of a progressive end to the lockdown today. With measures in place to allow employees back to work and the reopening of businesses in the Principality.

There were no new cases of coronavirus reported over the weekend with the number of people having tested positive remaining at 95. 78 people have recovered from the virus, 2 people remain in hospital one of which is in intensive care.

National - On a national level 50,784 patients have been discharged from hospital since the beginning of the epidemic. 25,815 people remain in hospital of which 3,819 are in intensive care. The number of deaths in France from Covid 19 stands at 24,895 deaths since March 1st.

City council meeting Nice – The City Council of Nice is to meet today to discuss measure to continue “the support for the health, safety and employment of citizens and particularly the most vulnerable".

On the agenda the council will discuss exceptional funds in social action for families hit by the health crisis along with an exceptional food aid for seniors, the exemption of rent for premises rented by the city of Nice, the creation of an exceptional bonus for those who have remained mobilized during the health crisis, a free childcare service for priority cases and a proposal that Airbnb rentals be fixed to a minimum of a least seven days to limit competition with the hotel industry and the spread of the virus.

#Cinébalcon - Nice city council has launched #cinébalcon in collaboration with Amazon prime video. Residents in Nice will from this evening be able to discover from their homes a film projected on a giant screen.  

Until Friday, every evening at 8:05pm, in a different district of the city a film will be shown. The location of each screening will be announced on a daily basis on social media.

U turn by French government concerning quarantine measures - France has appeared to have made a U-turn on the quarantine of travelers. Contrary to a previous announcement concerning the quarantine of travelers which suggested an imposed isolation period of two weeks. France said on Sunday that it would not quarantine travelers arriving