Princess Stéphanie of Monaco visited a COVID-19 screening centre in Espace Léo Ferré, Monaco, last week.
The royal wore a surgical mask and used hand sanitiser as soon as she entered the building.
Upon arrival, the Princess was welcomed by Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of Social Affairs and Health; Camille Svara First Deputy Mayor; Lieutenant-Colonel Norbert Fassiaux, Chief of the Fire Brigade; and Frédéric Platini Secretary-General of the Monaco Red Cross. She then greeted volunteers who were on hand to perform tests on Monaco’s population. Some of the volunteers were from Fight Aids Monaco of which the royal is president.
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Visite de S.A.S. la Princesse Stéphanie au Centre de dépistage COVID-19 à l'espace Léo Ferré. S.A.S. la Princesse Stéphanie a rendu visite aux bénévoles du centre de dépistage COVID-19 et notamment à son équipe de bénévoles de Fight Aids Monaco, mobilisés depuis plus de deux semaines aux côtés de la Croix-Rouge de Monaco. Elle a été accueillie par M. Gamerdinger Conseiller Ministre des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé, Mme Camille Svara Première Adjointe au Maire, Lieutenant-Colonel Norbert Fassiaux Chef de Corps des Sapeurs Pompiers, M. Frédéric Platini Secrétaire Général de la Croix Rouge Monaco. Fight Aids Monaco remercie une nouvelle fois toute son équipe de bénévoles dépisteurs et accueillants pour leur engagement <3 (c) Nébinger / Vitali
About the organisation being chosen to help with the screenings, Her Serene Highness said: “It’s very flattering, and it’s an honour to be able to help. It proves that we are competent and that what we have achieved in the past has been noticed.”
Two antibody screening centres have been set up in Monaco, and they have tested thousands of the population. Over 6,500 members of the population have been tested with 200 testing positive for the antibodies without showing any symptoms of the virus.
Stéphanie’s older brother, Prince Albert II, visited the centre earlier in the week where he was tested for antibodies with a finger prick. The Prince was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in March and has since fully recovered.
The Sovereign Prince of Monaco spoke about coronavirus provisions and restrictions during his visit: “We will have to wear masks and respect barriers for a while.”
Monaco has had 98 cases of COVID-19 with 90 recoveries. Only one person remains in Princess Grace Hospital Centre in ICU.
Monaco’s government lifted the country’s lockdown on 4 May.