Monaco’s elected body has written to the Government calling for an urgent meeting of the joint Coronavirus Monitoring Committee.

The Council said that action was needed due to the sustained drop in the incidence rate combined with the low danger associated with the Omicron variant.

The letter called for more detailed statistics concerning hospitalisations and for the use in Monaco of the Nuvaxovid vaccine, which could assuage some of the concerns of anti-vaxxers.

The Council drew attention to the fact that pandemic restrictions in Monaco had at one time been less restrictive than in France but that situation has now been reversed to the disadvantage of the local economy and the quality of life of residents.

In particular, the letter called for a relaxation of self-isolation rules so that those individuals who are fully-vaccinated and test negative should no longer need to isolate.

“In general, it seems to elected officials that the Government was very reactive when it came to implementing restrictive measures, admittedly justified, and much less when it came to lifting them when the indicators are more favourable,” the Council said on Thursday.

Restrictions should be limited to a duration that is strictly necessary “to protect the operation of our hospital and health of our people.”

FILE PHOTO: The National Council at work