French and Riviera News Thursday 14th May 2020

Local News

Number of positive cases of Covid 19 in the PACA - 29 people have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in the past 24 hours, with the number of cases at its lowest in the PACA, according to figures from the Regional Health Agency. The daily decline in the number of people being admitted to hospital continues, with 35 less in 24 hours and the number of intensive care patients continues to drop: 156 compared to 169 patients the day before. Since February 28th, 15,987 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the PACA region. 4,325 people have returned home.

Monaco Scientific Centre - The Monaco Scientific Center (CSM) has announced that due to new technology they are now able to analyse nasal swabs (PCR tests) for coronavirus carried out at the Princess Grace hospital. At the beginning of the epidemic the Covid-19 screening samples in the Principality were sent to Nice, Marseille or even Paris to be analyzed with delays of between 48 to 72 hours before obtaining results. With the new capacity at the scientific centre this time is reduced to just 24 hours. The new technology can process 30 samples simultaneously, making it possible to analyse nearly 90 samples in 24 hours.

Primary school to reopen in Valbonne - Staff at the Ile Verte primary school in Valbonne have confirmed that pupils will have to wait until Monday before being able to return to class. The school was forced to delay welcoming pupils back this week, due to a suspected case of Covid-19 amongst one of the staff last week, which after screening showed a positive result. The school complex has since been "fully disinfected" and any possible contact cases have proved negative.

Masks - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has issued a third municipal decree to maintain the obligation to wear a mask in public spaces. The measure came into effect on Wednesday. It means that wearing a mask is obligatory when social distancing measures cannot be respected. Controls have begun, with offenders being subject to a €38 fine. The measure is in place until June 1st.

Club Med 2 - Club Med 2 has arrived in La Seyne in the Var. The sailboat will remain there, at least until the end of the summer, as cruise ship activities have been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Club Med 2 is considered to be the tallest five-mast in the world.

Beaches - The Alpes Maritimes Prefecture has said that 16 requests have been received from coastal municipalities for the reopening of beaches. It said that a working group is currentl