Covid incidence rate hits new 2021 low

Monaco’s major racing events in May have not driven up the circulation of Covid-19 in the Principality. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

According to the government’s latest figures, in the week leading up to 30th May, 3,042 people were tested for Covid-19 in Monaco. Of those, only 0.33% returned a positive result, bringing the incidence rate down to just 7.82. That’s compared to 20.86 a week ago, and 226 at the peak of the virus in March.

Monaco is now regularly reporting no new daily cases of coronavirus, and there is only one non-resident Covid-related patient in the Princess Grace Hospital.

Monaco Grand Prix impact

The positive figures come on the back of an eventful month of May for the Principality, during which three public events were hosted: the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco, the Formula E competition, and the Monaco Grand Prix – the only event to be open to the general population.

Authorities performed almost 50,000 checks throughout the four-day Monaco GP, stopping 8,000 vehicles and 42,500 pedestrians. Of those, 3,120 were asked to turn back.

Between 80% and 87% of the allowed capacity turned out for the event, with average occupancy in grandstands at 81%. Traffic was significantly down by 45% compared to the 2019 GP.

Vaccinations open to all adults

Meanwhile, the Principality’s vaccination programme continues to steam ahead, with over 16,500 people now inoculated, equivalent to 43% of the population. Of those, 82% have also received their second vaccination.

Just days after calling up the 35 to 44 year age group for vaccination, the government announced on Friday that any adult over the age of 18 is now eligible to make an appointment for the voluntary protection against Covid-19, a virus which has been attributed to the deaths of 3.55 million people worldwide.

A 96-year-old resident became the Principality’s 33rd victim this week.

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