French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th May 2020

17-year-old dies in bay of Villefranche sur mer - A 17-year-old schoolgirl has died in the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, when a group of young girls were walking by the water’s edge and the victim was hit by a wave. Emergency services intervened early afternoon but were unable to revive the teenager who died at the scene.

Intensive care - Six coronavirus patients have left intensive care in hospitals in the Alpes Maritimes. The patients were discharged on Tuesday bringing the number of intensive care patients down from 21 to 15.

Figures show that the number of intensive care patients in both the Alpes Maritimes and the Var is at its lowest since March 23rd.

Coronavirus deaths - 3 new deaths have been registered in the Alpes Maritimes, bringing the total number in the region to 227 and 219 in the Var.

Monaco - No new Covid-19 cases were reported in Monaco on Tuesday and two more patients were reported to have recovered.

96 cases have been declared in the Principality. To date 5 patients are being treated by the Home Monitoring.

National – On a national level the toll of the coronavirus epidemic in France was up again on Tuesday evening with 348 additional deaths in 24 hours, but the number of patients in intensive care continues to drop, according to the France’s Health Minister.

Meanwhile four new small clusters of the coronavirus have been confirmed in several regions of France. The news comes as the country attempts to lift lockdown measures to stop the spread of the disease. Experts have warned that vigilance is of the essence.

Didier Raoult claims that Covid 19 epidemic is ending in France - Professor Didier Raoult has claimed, in an interview with Le Parisien, that “the Covid-19 epidemic is coming to an end” in France. According to the head of Marseille hospital, the slowing down of the virus in Marseille is due to the fact that they have carried out "systematic testing and treatment" on patients.

Professor Raoult says only one case of coronavirus was detected on Monday in Marseille, despite 1,200 people being tested. He concluded that while "A few sporadic cases will appear here or there; it no longer represents epidemic dynamics”.

Mayor of Mougins and masks - The mayor of Mougins, Richard Galy, has signed a municipal decree making it compulsory to wear a mask in areas with a high population density and a high number of visitors, near sensitive establishments and local council buildings. The town hall produced a map of the sectors concerned by the new measure, which can be found here http