Almost all the indicators show a substantial improvement in the coronavirus situation in the Principality.

The number of positive cases recorded over the three days from Friday to Sunday was only 11, the best three-day figure for several months. On Sunday one new case was reported.

There are now no Monaco residents in intensive care at the Princess Grace Hospital and the number of Monaco resident inpatients stands at just five.

The benchmark rate of infections per 100,000 fell from 226.3 on March 28 to 184.5 on April 4, the latest date for which data is available.

However, a shortage of doses has resulted in only a small number of inoculations in the week to Thursday, April 8, with just 247 people receiving a jab. The Grimaldi Forum has a daily capacity of 600.

Almost 32 percent of the population has received at least a first dose, and since priority has been given to the elderly this has filtered through to the rates of hospitalisation and deaths.

Meanwhile, and this is good news for Monaco, inoculations in France have accelerated in recent days and over-55s will be eligible for jabs during this week.