Lunchtime News Tuesday 19th January 2021


Monaco’s minister of state to be vaccinated this morning – As the Principality continues its vaccination campaign Monaco’s Minister of State, Pierre Dartout, will be vaccinated today. Emails are to be sent today in Monaco to invite those between the ages of 65 and 74 as well as those under 65 at high risk, to be vaccinated. To date people aged 75 and over who have expressed their wish to be vaccinated have all received their first injection. For further information on the vaccination campaign you can call

Covid cases in Monaco - Seven new cases of Covid were identified in the Principality on Monday bringing the total number of residents affected to 1,212. Forty people are currently hospitalised and 108 people are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Alpes Maritimes - In the Alpes Maritimes according to the regional health agency, 21 additional deaths were declared on Monday 18th January. 275 people are currently hospitalised of which 82 people are in intensive care including 11 new admissions to intensive care units on Monday. Since the start of the pandemic the Alpes Maritimes has recorded 971 deaths from Covid including 244 deaths in nursing homes.

Number of covid cases being admitted to hospital increases - France saw the number of deaths from Covid increase on Monday with 404 deaths declared in 24 hours compared to 141 the day before. There were 1,666 new admissions to hospital on Monday, a strong increase compared to 698 on Sunday, bringing the total number of people hospitalised to 25,584. In addition, 2,803 people are in intensive care including 254 new admissions on Monday.

Masks - Meanwhile the high council on Public Health in France has warned on Monday that while variants of Covid-19 are circulating in France certain masks made of less filtering fabric should be avoided.

Parking metres to resume from Wedneday 20th January - After several weeks of free street parking in Nice parking metres are set to resume service from tomorrow Wednesday 20th January. From 9am tomorrow morning motorists will have to return to filling the metres. Parking metres had been suspended due to lockdown.

Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur goes on trial today - Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur goes on trial today on charges that he used kickbacks from arms deals in the 1990s to fund a failed presidential run, a case known as the "Karachi affair". Ninety-one year old Balladur,  joins a long list of senior French politicians pursued for alleged financial wrongdoing, including former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.  The kickbacks are estimated at 13 million francs, now worth some €2.8 million.

Wrong number on website - A 36 year old French woman from central France has been bombarded with phone calls after the official website gave out the wrong number. The government’s website gave an incorrect number to make an appointment for vaccination leading to Chrystal, who doesn’t work in the health sector being inundated with calls. The administrative error remained online for several hours before being corrected by the French authorities.



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