French and Riviera News Thursday 16th April 2020

Coronavirus - The latest figures published show that 271 people have died in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var, in nursing homes or in hospitals, since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.

There has been a slight decrease in the last 24 hours of the number of patients in intensive care in the Alpes-Maritimes.

In Monaco the Prince's Government deplores the death of a resident for the first time since the start of the epidemic. He was 72 years old.

This is the third death linked to the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic in the Principality.

The Princely Government wishes to express to the family and loved ones of this person all their support during these moments of great sadness that affect Monaco.

Meanwhile for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, no new Covid-19 positive cases were reported.

The Principality therefore remains at 93 people affected by the coronavirus. Six more people, compared to yesterday, are declared cured.

This brings the total number of patients who have recovered from the virus to date, to 12.

9 people are hospitalized. 2 of them are in intensive care.

Scientific Council - The Chairman of the French Scientific Council has said that 18 million "at risk" people will need to remain confined after the 11th of May.

The Scientific Council advises the French authorities on the coronavirus outbreak. The Chairman also said that the end of confinement should be postponed if certain conditions aren't met. These included a sufficient number of tests being available and a tracking system being established.

Meanwhile Professor Didier Raoult, former member of the Scientific Council has, in a video, “predicted the end of the Covid 19 epidemic in the PACA region”. The Professor in Marseille predicts the end of the Covid 19 epidemic in a few weeks, at least in the Paca region in footage published on the IHU website. Remarks which have again raise criticism, from the Regional Health Service.

With 132 new cases tested positive in 24 hours in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, official figures from Public Health France confirm a steady decline in the progression of the disease in the region.

But Professor Didier Raoult, goes further. In a video published on Tuesday on the site of the institute, he indicates that according to him, the epidemic is gradually disappearing.

A claim immediately denied by the regional health agency (ARS) PACA, which for its part indicates that the epidemic is not decreasing.

The director of ARS for the PACA region, Philippe De Mester, replies that "it is premature to predict the end of the epidemic".