French and Riviera News Tuesday 21st April 2020

Coronavirus - Covid-19 has already killed more than 20,000 people in France, according to the latest report made public by the Directorate General of Health (DGS), on Monday, April 20. France has recorded 12,505 deaths linked to the coronavirus since March 1 in hospitals, 7,752 in nursing homes. 

37,403 patients have been discharged from hospital after battling the virus. 30,462 patients remain in hospital across France and 5,584 people are in intensive care. Noting that the admissions and discharges of intensive care patients during the past 24 hours has been negative for several days.

In the Alpes Maritimes and the Var, the number of deaths from coronavirus has increased from 313 to 329 on Monday evening. Meanwhile in Monaco no new cases of the virus were reported on Monday evening. 

#MMERCI kit in Cannes - In Cannes the delivery of #MMERCI kits consisting of fabric, washable and reusable masks, manufactured in Cannes started on Monday. All residents will receive the kit delivered by the post between Monday and Wednesday informed the city council on twitter.  Once households have received a kit, those with several people confined will be able to allow one member of the household to collect, from April 23, additional masks necessary 7 days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, in one of the ten distribution centers.

Draguignan Hospital receives new supplies - Draguignan Hospital has received a new supply of  protective equipment. Nearly 100 additional gowns, made by volunteers coordinated by the city, were handed over to the CHD by mayor Richard Strambio, in addition to the 130 already distributed.

Emergency fund for GPs in the region - An emergency fund has been set up by the Alpes-Maritimes region to support GPs purchase new equipment in order to exercise their profession during the coronavirus pandemic. The one-off aid is set at a maximum of € 1,000 per practitioner and is payable on receipt of paid invoices. The materials must have been purchased during the confinement period, from March 17th to May 11th.

Second testing site for poorer neighbourhood in Marseille - A second testing site for the coronavirus has been opened in Marseille. The site in the northern district of the city is the second to be set up following the first which was opened at the Timone hospital. Opened on Monday the site is located in one of the poorer districts and aims to make sure that there are no "cluster" cases of Covid-19 as a large part of the population in the northern neighbourhoods, where there is the highest number of social housing, is not confined due to the fact that its