With eight new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Monaco over the past week, the government has decided to take two new measures to limit the circulation of the virus on the Rock.

While masks must be worn in all closed public spaces, they will also now be mandatory while waiting in line, especially outside restaurants and sports venues. Moreover, any hotel guest coming to the Principality from coronavirus hot sports or arriving from outside of the European Union will now have mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.

These tourists can either provide the result of a PCR test carried out 72 hours before their arrival or undergo an on-site test. Didier Gamerdinger, minister of social affairs and health, advised Monégasques and residents to refrain from travelling to coronavirus risk zones as defined by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Three coronavirus vaccine projects

According to French daily newspaper Libération, about 200 vaccine projects are currently being carried out worldwide. The Principality is closely monitoring several of these projects: namely, the one led by the WHO and the GAVI Vaccination Alliance, but also the American vaccine project developed by Moderna. Within the framework of the Health Assistance Agreement between Monaco and France, Didier Gamerdinger has contacted the Minister of Health Olivier Veran to make sure that the Principality can participate in the Astra Zeneca vaccine project.

So far 120 people were infected with the coronavirus in Monaco since the beginning of the pandemic. On 30 July, there was still one patient hospitalised at the local hospital, seven are followed by the Home Monitoring Centre and 105 recovered. Most of the latest infected patients were either non-residents or residents who had returned from traveling.