Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for several months.
Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.
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All the news for Tuesday, October 6, 2020
6:57 am | The City of Rouyn-Noranda has decided not to allow the traditional Halloween candy picking due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
6:31 am | COVID-19, one more reason to release political prisoners in Iran.
“It is particularly important” that Iran, the country worst affected by COVID-19 in the region, release its political detainees as the coronavirus circulates in its prisons, the UN ruled on Tuesday.
In a statement, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, noted that most of the people who have been arbitrarily detained in Iran (including binationals, foreign nationals, human rights defenders , lawyers, environmentalists and other prisoners of conscience) have been excluded from the guidelines on temporary releases.
“People detained solely for their political views or for other forms of human rights activism should not be imprisoned at all, and such prisoners should certainly not be treated more severely or exposed to a greater risk ”, underlined Ms. Bachelet.
In a country where the prison system suffers “from chronic overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions”, these people have been at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus.
Bachelet said she was “troubled at how measures designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have been used in a discriminatory manner against this specific group of prisoners.”
6:29 am | Indonesians suffering from chained mental disorders during the pandemic.
6:22 am | Coronavirus: more than one in two very precarious people infected in the Paris region.
More than one in two very precarious people, mostly migrants, has been infected with COVID-19 in the Paris region according to a study published Tuesday by the NGO Médecins sans frontières (MSF).
With a 55% positivity rate in the accommodation centers, food distributions or workers’ homes where MSF has conducted tests, these are “particularly high prevalence, especially in homes and accommodation centers. », Underlines the report.
The survey, described as the very first in France and in Europe to focus exclusively on the level of exposure to the virus among the most vulnerable, mainly concerns foreigners, who represent 90% of the sample of 818 people tested by the ‘NGO.
“The results show enormous prevalence. The main reason is the promiscuity and the accommodation conditions which have generated clusters ”, for example in the gymnasiums where these people were sheltered at the dawn of generalized confinement, comments for AFP Corinne Torre, head of the France mission at MSF.
Conducted between June 23 and July 2 with Epicenter, the epidemiology center hosted by MSF, the study revealed strong disparities depending on the types of sites on which people were tested: thus, in the 10 centers of accommodation where the NGO operates, the positivity rate reached 50.5%, against 27.8% on food distribution sites and 88.7% in the two migrant workers’ homes.
In France, the positivity rate of the general population rather oscillates between 5 and 10%. According to Public Health France, it was at 8% at the end of last week, and around 12% in Paris, where the main sites covered by MSF are located.
TO READ | Students are not sure how the new tightening of measures will affect their courses, because CEGEPs and universities have not released the details of their emergency plan.
5:00 am | Since their identity is known, the administrators of the satirical page “Les illuminés du Québec” have been the target of increasingly violent threats from the anti-mask activists whose comments they caricature.
TO READ | End of PKU: a benefit in the event of medical isolation.
[EN 5 MINUTES] Schools are turning red.