2020 coronavirus pandemic in Monaco

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Monaco
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Monaco.svg
Map of regions with confirmed (red) or suspected (blue) coronavirus cases (as of 4 March)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Arrival date29 February 2020
(1 month and 5 days)
Confirmed cases43

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Monaco on 29 February 2020. With population of 38,300 ( as of 31 December 2018 ), in 29 March infection rate is 1 case per 890 inhabitants.


On 29 February, Monaco announced its first case, a man who was admitted to at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre then transferred to Nice University Hospital in France.[1][2]

On 14 March, the Government ordered the closing of nurseries, gyms, parks, monuments and schools. Also the Saint Patrick's concert was suspended.[3]

On 16 March, Head of the Monegasque government Serge Telle becomes the first head of government tested positive for COVID-19.[4]

On 17 March, for first time in his reign, Albert II addressed the nation in a serious speech reporting on the strengthening of quarantine measures.[5] Two days later Albert became the first head of state to test positive for coronavirus.[6] He later denied suggestions that he had infected Charles, Prince of Wales at an event the two had attended in London on 10 March.[7]

The Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled on 19 March after organisers were unable to rearrange a date for the race beyond the scheduled 24 May, marking the first time the event had not been run in sixty-six years.[8]

On 25 March the Government announced that the number of people affected by the coronavirus had reached 31.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Gouvernement Monaco [@GvtMonaco] (28 February 2020). "[#Coronavirus] Les autorités sanitaires de la Principauté ont été informées qu'une personne prise en charge dans la matinée et conduite au Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace était positive au COVID 19.Son état de santé n'inspire pas d'inquiétude" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Bulant, Jeanne (29 February 2020). "Coronavirus: un premier cas de contamination détecté à Monaco et transféré au CHU de Nice". BFMTV (in French). Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Closure of Crèches and Schools in Monaco and Increasing Prudent Restrictions Due To Coronavirus". Hello Monaco. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ Tawfeeq, Mohammed; Mendonça, Duarte (16 March 2020). "Monaco's state minister tests positive for coronavirus". CNN. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  5. ^ Cohen, Arnault (17 March 2020). "Face à "l'une des pires crises sanitaires", le prince Albert II annonce le renforcement des mesures de confinement en Principauté". Monaco Matin (in French). Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Monaco's Prince Albert II tests positive for coronavirus". NBC News. NBCUniversal. Associated Press. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  7. ^ Moniuszko, Sara (27 March 2020). "Prince Albert of Monaco denies passing the coronavirus to Prince Charles". USA Today. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  8. ^ Baldwin, Alan (19 March 2020). "Monaco GP cancelled as coronavirus hits more F1 races". Reuters. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  9. ^ "CORONAVIRUS: four new positive cases identified in Monaco" (Press release). Gouvernement Monaco. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.

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