French and Riviera News Tuesday 5th May 2020

France passes 25,000 deaths from coronavirus - With an additional 306 deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours France has passed the 25,000 mark with 25,201 deaths since the start of the epidemic. Health authorities have confirmed that to date, 131,863 people had been diagnosed with the virus since the start of the pandemic, 51,371 patients have been cured and 25,548 people remain hospitalized.

Regional - 11 new deaths were reported in the Alpes Maritimes region on Monday, one of the highest numbers of daily casualties from the virus since April 20th. To date the coronavirus has claimed 208 lives in the Alpes Maritimes and 207 in the Var. In Monaco no new cases were reported on Monday May 4th, with the number of cases still standing at 95 and 78 patients have recovered.

Monaco calls to “consume Monegasque” - The government and the National Council in Monaco have asked residents to “consume Monegasque” in order to revive the economy which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. According to the government and the elected officials, the people of Monaco are encouraged to consume as much as possible in local shops and to solicit as much as possible in future Monegasque businesses.

European Union call for donations - Meanwhile on Monday May 4th, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, responded in a video message, to the call for donations for funds raised by the European Union with the objective to reach 7.5 billion euros in order to help develop and provide effective testing, treatments and a vaccine available worldwide at an affordable price. The Principality of Monaco has decided to participate in the call for donations launched by the European Union in order to provide a global response to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Masks compulsory on all Air France flights - Air France has announced that from May 11th masks will be made obligatory on all flights operated by the airline. The move is part of several security measures being introduced to prevent the spread of the virus, as France progressively end the lockdown.

Free on-street parking - The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has said that free on-street parking will be maintained in Nice until June 30. He said that this was to help revive commerce in the city.

End of lockdown - As the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region remains classified as “green” according to the most recent daily update, on Monday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented further details of deconfinement measures to the Senate. The Prime Minister said that May 11th "will not be the start of recklessness, it will be t