COVID-19 pandemic in Monaco
The COVID-19 pandemic in Monaco is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have reached Monaco on 29 February 2020. With a population of 38,300 (as of 31 December 2018), the infection rate as of 29 March is 1 case per 890 inhabitants.
|COVID-19 pandemic in Monaco|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Arrival date||29 February 2020 |
(2 months, 4 weeks and 1 day)
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.
On 14 March, the Government ordered the closing of nurseries, gyms, parks, monuments and schools. Also the Saint Patrick's concert was suspended.
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. Two days later Albert became the first head of state to test positive for coronavirus. He later denied suggestions that he had infected Charles, Prince of Wales at an event the two had attended in London on 10 March.
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 since 1954.
On 25 March, the Government announced that the number of people affected by the coronavirus had reached 31.
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