What is the reason for the surge in infections in early January 2021?

What is the reason for the surge in infections in early January 2021?

Last update: 08/01/2021

Developments in the health situation in recent days make it clear that the virus is actively circulating in the Principality of Monaco. Although the Christmas holidays, a time of increased social interaction, are coming to an end, the number of people testing positive is increasing.

The rise in the number of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 should be viewed in the context of the mass rollout of testing in Monaco. Effectively, the more tests that are carried out, the more infected people will be identified. In the last two weeks – over the holiday period – 7,000 PCR and antigen tests have been conducted. Last week (28 December to 3 January), 7.66% of tests were positive.

The earlier measures taken by the Prince’s Government in consultation with the National Council mean that testing on a large scale is possible. Monaco now has the capacity to conduct 16,000 tests per 100,000 inhabitants every week. The Prince’s Government encourages any resident or employee who has spent time abroad to get tested. Those who would like a test can contact the COVID-19 Call Centre on 92.05.55.00. A large, voluntary testing campaign involving teaching staff and pupils is also under way.

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