Lunchtime News Monday 6th April 2020


Mougins nursing home - The number of residents of the Mougins nursing home in the Alpes-Maritimes who died of coronavirus has increased this weekend, from 29 to 31. The previous assessment communicated Friday by the private group Korian, which manages the home, where 109 elderly people reside, had indeed recorded 29 deaths since March 20th.

The staff screening results show that 14 of the 50 staff at the nursing home are positive for Covid-19, added the spokesperson for the establishment. "We have started to do what is necessary on the spot to replace the personnel tested positive". 

24 year old skier dies in the Mont Blanc massif - A 24-year-old skier has died in the Mont Blanc massif. The man's body was discovered by rescuers of the High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon (PGHM) of Chamonix on the steep slopes located along the tram line leading to the Eagle's Nest refuge. According to the first elements of the investigation, the young Haut-Savoyard from the neighbouring resort of Les Houches had started off alone on Saturday morning from his ski area and was progressing towards the Goûter refuge, located at 3,800 meters above sea level. "He is believed to have fallen 300 meters. It was his neighbour, who gave the alert on Sunday at noon".

On March 25, the prefect of Haute-Savoie issued an order "prohibiting mountain activities in the context of the fight against the coronavirus". The text prohibits "all travel in the mountains within a radius of more than 100 meters above the place of confinement". The commander of the Chamonix PGHM Stéphane Bozon condemned the act as "irresponsibile". 

Domestic Violence - The authorities in Monaco have announced this morning, that two new contact points have been set up to help victims of domestic violence in the Principality during the confinement period. Victims are now able to use their local pharmacies as a contact point or email the police at These new measures are in additional to the usual possibility of calling 17 or

Baccalaureat - Monaco's Minister of the Interior has announced that students in Monaco will follow the example of France and complete the baccalaureat exams with continuous assessment of work, completed so far. Due to the coronavirus epidemic France had announced the new measures planned for students due to sit the end of year exam. 

Digital travel certificate - From today Monday 6th April, a digital travel certificate has been made available for all outings during the confinement period. To download go to please note that the paper version remains valid but all certificates must be updated with the date, reason and time of leaving your domicile. 

Help for heros in the Var - Var tourism board along with tourism professionals in te Var have launched an operation "Var heroes". The objective is to offer rest to the heroes of health, security, mass distribution and the cleaning of public spaces at the end of the current health crisis. The offer is aimed at all professions which allow us to maintain our daily lives and stem the covid-19 pandemic: firefighters, police, carers, garbage collectors, supermarket staff . The President of Var tourism Francoise Dumont said "We will offer them weekends, discoveries, meals in the Var for a well-deserved rest". 

Solidarity gestures - Meanwhile solidarity gestures are multiplying during this period of major health crisis and general confinement and the latest  has come from horticulturalists in the Var, who have distributed bouquets of flowers on each car at the Sainte-Musse Hospital in Toulon as a gift to hospital staff and carers. 

Number of patients admitted to hospital in the Grand Est have dropped slightly - According to France's Health Agency the number of people being hospitalised contaminated with Covid-19 in the Grand Est region of France has very slightly dropped for the first time. 

According to their latest assessment, the Grand Est,  which is one of the regions most affected by the epidemic in France saw, 4,702 Covid-19 patients hospitalized on Saturday in establishments in the region, compared to 4,712 in the previous count on Friday, a very slight decrease of 10 patients.

According to the charts for monitoring the number of hospitalizations offered by Santé Publique France, the official public health agency, this is the first drop in the Grand Est, whereas up until now the number of hospitalized patients has not stopped to climb. On the other hand, the number of deaths in the region since the start of the epidemic continues to increase: 1,402, compared to 1,311 in the previous assessment.






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