Riviera Radio Weekend News Sunday 19th April 2020


President of Medical Commission of the CHU of Nice - Thierry Piche, president of the Medical Commission of the CHU of Nice says there is "a clear improvement in the Alpes-Maritimes concerning the coronavirus while adding that he was concerned, however, that the people in the region have given up seeking treatment for conditions unrelated to Covid-19. 

Thierry Piche has expressed that  "The epidemic situation is clearly improving. On Friday, there were no new Covid-19 positive cases out of the 83 screenings carried out. The number of patients hospitalized in intensive care has decreased. Eighteen patients are currently being treated in critical care units. There are seventeen in the other establishments in the department and in Monaco".

"The Regional Health Agency (ARS) observes an increasing trend in the PACA region, but this is not true in the Alpes-Maritimes where 175 Covid-19 patients are currently treated in hospitals and clinics" said Piche. 

Adding that "In addition, contamination between care workers and patients has been contained.  At Nice University Hospital, there were no contaminations between care workers and the patients. The protective measures put in place in all of the services have shown to be effective".

He concluded that the epidemic is still there. "The effects of confinement are real" as It has allowed us to control the hospitals. "It is reasonable to hope that the gradual lifting of the confinement will not cause a greater wave than the first, thanks in particular to compliance with the barrier measures".

"Sixty resuscitation beds have been taken in anticipation of a second wave of the epidemic. In the ciris hospital structures have shown that they have been able to organize themselves. Hospitals and clinics have developed agile organizations that have adapted to needs".

"The slogan "Stay at home" is still valid, but it should not be interpreted as: "Do not neglect other treatments". Far too many patients have deserted medical offices, hospitals and clinics for fear of the Covid-19. We note cases of myocardial infarction detected too late and an unusually high rate of amputations for vascular diseases. For understandable reasons, colonoscopy rates have never been lower while March was the month for colon cancer screening. 

Testing for coronavirus - The Scientific Council has announced that 150,000 screening tests should be carried out every day from mid-May. There are two types of test: Firstly the serological one which indicates wh