Minister of State Pierre Dartout has said that Monaco will move towards mandatory inoculations for all medical staff and carers.

Speaking on a visit to the Rainier III Auditorium, which is currently used as the Principality’s testing and vaccination centre, Mr Dartout said that a bill to that effect will be introduced shortly, to be debated by the National Council in September.

The mandatory requirement for medical staff and caregivers could enter into law by October.

The number of tests administered in Monaco is four times greater than in France, suggesting possible statistical bias, but the benchmark infection rate in the Principality stood at 156.45 per 100,000 on Sunday, July 18.

The rate in the neighbouring Alpes-Maritimes was 190 on Tuesday, up from 163 on Monday. These figures illustrate that the infection rates are very similar.

PHOTO: Minister of State Pierre Dartout on his visit to the Rainier III Auditorium on Tuesday Monaco Government Press Service