Lunchtime news update Tuesday 28th April 2020

Genoa bridge – This morning the final section of the new bridge in Genoa was laid, 18 months after the collapse of the bridge which killed 43 people.

Despite the lockdown imposed since March 10th in Italy, construction of bridge continued day and night in Genoa, The installation of the last piece is a kilometer long, spanning over part of the city.

Cameras to detect those wearing masks in Cannes - Cannes City Council has installed a system to detect masks in public places. The city has decided to experiment with a French technology which has been set up since Thursday April 23, in the city’s markets. The system can detect people who may or may not be wearing a mask in public spaces using small cameras and mini computers that process the images locally.

Nice Jazz Festival cancelled - This year’s Nice jazz festival, which was to be held from July 17 to 21, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic.

According to the city council the decision was taken "given the current health crisis affecting summer festivals". The event had already been canceled in 2016 after the attack of July 14.

The Antibes Jazz à Juan festival has also been cancelled. The event which was to celebrate its 60th birthday this summer is postponed to July 2021.

 Coronavirus - The latest figures show that 14,397 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region with 159 new cases of Covid-19 being detected in 24 hours.

The number of people being admitted to hospital continues to drop with 1,710 people positive for the Covid-19 hospitalized, 5 fewer people in 24 hours.

291 patients are in intensive care and 656 patients have died, while 3,459 people have returned home since the start of the epidemic.

Reopening of schools - As the French Prime Minister is expected to announce the plans for a progressive end of the lockdown in France this afternoon, including the reopening of schools, the mayor of Nice has launched a “consultation” with families in Nice and the regional education authorities as well as doctors, to decide what will be “Nice’s position on the reopening of schools” for May 11th.

Families of students schooled in Nice will receive a letter in the coming days inviting them to give their opinion.  Estrosi said that it is only following the results that he " will [then] present the reopening plan" adding that "Today he is worried and reserved, about the decision, even if he believes that some children need to find socialization and balanced meals,"

In the meantime, the city of Nice, with the fi