The number of Monaco residents who have received a first jab of coronavirus vaccine this week – to Thursday, April 1 – now stands at 11,715, up by 886, taking the proportion of the Principality’s inoculated individuals to 30.83 percent of the total population.

The number who have received a second dose is now 8,795, or 75.07 percent of first dose recipients.

Monaco’s proportion of inoculated residents stands in contrast to the national French figures, which show 13.2 percent vaccinated as of April 1. In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the proportion stands at 15 percent, one of the highest in the country but still less than half Monaco’s rate.

Meanwhile, on Friday France reported 46,677 new cases and 304 new deaths. The relatively low death rate compared to recent weeks most likely reflects the fact that progress is being made in inoculating the elderly.

In the UK on Good Friday, 3,402 new cases and 52 new deaths were reported. On April 12, life in the UK is due to return to close to normal.

FILE PHOTO: AstraZeneca vaccine has been widely used in the UK in recent weeks Reuters