The number of new cases of Covid-19 reaches records in Monaco but hospitalizations remain permanent.
It had never happened since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic: this Tuesday, November 23, 45 positive cases were revealed in Monaco. Since then, no record but still a high number of new cases: 30 Wednesday, 27 Thursday … The number of new cases now exceeds the peak of last summer … but also that of the “second wave”, in November 2020.
The epidemic is progressing strongly in Monaco, where the number “R” of reproduction of the virus amounts to 1.5, which indicates that on average ten people infected now infect fifteen. This reproduction rate even rose to 1.54 on November 17, an absolute record in the Principality.
Ten Covid-19 patients (including three residents) are currently hospitalized in Monaco. The intensive care unit at the Princess Grace Hospital Center is taking care of two Covid-19 patients. One day ago, before the arrival of vaccines, fifteen patients (including eight residents) were hospitalized in conventional service, plus four others (including two residents) treated in intensive care.
There are thus a third of fewer Covid-19 patients hospitalized, and half as many in intensive care as a year ago, while the number of patients is five times higher. At the end of November 2020, the Principality counted 23 patients followed at home against 123 currently.
Monaco has taken the lead on access to the vaccine booster. Since November 9, all residents, whether or not they are Monegasques, can make an appointment for a 3rd injection as soon as they have been vaccinated for more than 6 months.
To date, 65% of residents in the Principality have received at least one dose of vaccine. A spokesperson specifies that “the general trend shows that a vaccinated person stays in hospital for a shorter period”. And in 70% of cases, infected people are “unvaccinated”.
Same trend in the Alpes-Maritimes
Around Monaco, that is to say in the Alpes-Maritimes, the dynamic is similar with a large number of contaminations but a markedly fewer serious cases (down by more than 60% compared to the same period. Just over 73% of Azureans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.