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We've managed to get through another week working at home. To be honest, I'm exhausted by all the headlines and information about coronavirus. So I try to read something entertaining, something light, like "How to build a loungewear collection", or "The surprising history of the word 'dude'". I get no further than the first couple of sentences and think what a frivolous activity it is considering the current pandemic. So I go back to the grim reality, where the worst of people cough in the faces of police officers, and the best of people help those who are vulnerable.

    It is the best of times,
    it is the worst of times,
    it is the age of wisdom,
    it is the age of foolishness,
    it is the epoch of belief,
    it is the epoch of incredulity,
    it is the season of Light,
    it is the season of Darkness,
    it is the spring of hope,
    it is the winter of despair

With apologies to Charles Dickens.

Today's roundup of headlines:

Gouvernement Princier

27 March

  • Neuf nouveaux cas positifs reveles a Monaco
  • Prolongation du confinement jusqu'au 15 avril en Principaute de Monaco
  • Service de bus ZOU entre Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Monaco et Menton
  • Covid-19 - le Gouvernement princier met en place un "Centre de suivi des patients a domicile"
1) Nine people have tested positive, taking the total to 42. 2) The current restrictions on movement have been extended to 15 April. 3) A new bus service is operating every 30 minutes between Beaulieu sur Mer and Menton. 4) The Government has put in place a service to follow the progress of patients with minor symptoms who are at home.

Le Gazette de Monaco

28 March: Coronavirus, le monde de la croisiere demeure confiant
An upbeat interview with Pierre Pelissier of Monaco based Cruiseline SAM, who says that the state of the cruise sector is not as grim as one might imagine.

27 March: Le nombre de salaries dans le prive a progresse de 2.9% l'an dernier
New statistics on employment in the private sector in Monaco have been released by IMSEE. There are 53,091 workers, most of whom are commuters.

L'Observateur de Monaco

27 March: Pic epidemique, masque, depistage, chloroquine, soignants malades - les reponses du CHPG
In preparation for an expected peak of coronavirus cases in the next two weeks, CHPG has received a delivery of 50,000 masks. They are prioritising tests for hospital patients so as to ensure fast results for those in most need. Chloroquine is not used as a matter of course because although it can have a therapeutic benefit, research has not demonstrated its effectiveness in killing the virus. Five hospital staff have tested positive but are being monitored at home.

Monaco Tribune

27 March: Les acteurs de la Principaute rendent le confinement plus facile a vivre
A roundup of services available to help the disadvantaged during the crisis in the Principality.

Nice Matin

27 March: Applaudissements, hymne national, musique.... Jusqu'ou peut aller la fete sur les balcons de Monaco?
Police chief Laurent Braulio explains what is acceptable and unacceptable noise from balcony parties. From 19:00 to 20:00 playing the national anthem and applauding care workers is encouraged. Loud dance music until all hours is not.

27 March: Prevue en mai, la Monte-Carlo Fashion Week est reportee en raison du coronavirus
Monte Carlo Fashion Week, scheduled for 14-16 May, has been cancelled.

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