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Covid-19: First Death of 2022 on New Year’s Day

The year 2022 has begun much like the past two years has: with Covid-19 still spreading and taking lives across the world. On New Year’s Day, the pandemic claimed the life of a 73 year-old resident of Monaco. Thus far, 39 residents of Monaco have died of Covid-19. And the number of cases is still high.

“The Prince’s Government sends its most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of this person and assures them of its full support in these painful times,” the Princely Government stated on their website.

100 new cases in a single day

On Thursday 30 December, the Princely Government recorded one hundred new positive cases of Covid-19. On 31 December, 82 positive cases and 48 recoveries were recorded. Although one death was recorded on New Year’s Day, there were only 43 new cases of the virus on 1 January.

“The Prince’s Government reiterates the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19. To date, the vaccine is the most effective solution to protect oneself and others. Vaccination is available free of charge for Monegasques and residents,” stated the Princely Government on their website.

The Principality’s pandemic figures currently stand at: 5,210 people affected by the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 34 people are in hospital at the CHPG, with 29 people (including 11 residents) in general care and five other patients (including one resident) being treated in intensive care. The total number of people who have recovered from Covid-19 is 4,690.

There are 407 people currently being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre, which medically supports patients with mild symptoms who have been advised to confine themselves at home. To comply with the practices adopted by the World Health Organization and neighbouring countries in this area, the Princely Government’s figures only include residents affected by the coronavirus.

On New Year’s Eve, Monaco increased regulations and screenings to help stem the spread of Covid-19. There are four tests available for the population, some are fast and can be done at home, some are more accurate and are sent to a local lab located at the Scientific Centre of Monaco, which has been recently been reinforced to process higher volume of tests with results available in about 6 hours.

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