Lunchtime News Wednesday 5th January 2022


Monaco Minister of State warns of possible new measures - Monaco's Minister of State Pierre Dartout has warned this week that "there may be more measures" introduced in the Principality to curb the spread of covid. The Minister of State had himself tested positive for covid during the last week of December, but without any severe symptoms.

Monaco declares 40th death from covid and 108 new cases - Meanwhile here in Monaco an 86-year-old resident who tested positive for covid has died. Since the start of the covid health crisis, 40 people living in the Principality have died after being infected with the virus. The Prince's Government reiterates the importance of being vaccinated against covid.

The Prince's Government expresses its most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victim and assures them of its full support in these painful times.

One hundred and eight new positive cases of covid have been identified in Monaco on Tuesday. The number of residents affected since the beginning of the health crisis now stands at 5,397. 45 people are currently in hospital and six other patients, including a resident, are being treated in intensive care. 327 people are being followed by the Home Monitoring Center which medically supports patients, with few symptoms, who are asked to confine themselves at home.

Screening campaign in Monaco - As announced last week, the princely government is launching a major screening campaign for covid as people return to work and school. 50,000 self-covid tests have been made available to companies in Principality in order to provide each employee with a free test. Company bosses are invited to make the request online through the service which was activated on Tuesday morning at the following address

Healthcare workers - The French government has promised healthcare workers in France that their children will still be cared for even if their classes are shut due to covid infections. Emmanuel Macron's administration wants to make sure that healthcare workers can continue to work. France's healthcare system is stretched with the Omicron wave of the Covid variant and cannot take a drop in staff because they have to care for their children should their classes close due to covid infections.

Illegal testing tent in French capital - Two men accused of selling illegal lateral flow antigen test for 100 euros each to unsuspecting tourist in the French capital have been arrested. They had allegedly installed a tent illegally on the Champs-Elysées and were wearing white medical coats. An antigen test would normally cost around 22 euros in pharmacies in France.

Man appears before the criminal court of Nice after being stopped at Italian border - An individual from Menton has appeared in court in Nice on Tuesday after being arrested at the French Italian border in possession of a handgun and cocaine. The 35-year-old was stopped by customs at the Saint-Ludovic border post on Sunday evening.


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