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.
Case: 160 206, 75 221 in Quebec
Death: 9300, 5834 in Quebec
13:03 | Air Canada believes the mandatory 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the country should soon be replaced with rapid drug tests at airports.
13h00 | Red zone: Quebec will reimburse 80% of the fixed costs of businesses affected by the closures, announces François Legault.
12:39 | France is calling on 25,000 adult volunteers, young and old, to test potential COVID-19 vaccines and on Thursday opened an information and registration platform.
12:09 am | Case of COVID-19 in daycares in Quebec: the response time from Public Health is unacceptable, says Minister Lacombe.
12:07 pm | The first clinical trials of a second Russian vaccine against the novel coronavirus have proved successful, the research center developing it said Thursday, after Russia announced in August that it had approved the world’s first vaccine.
11:27 am | COVID-19: Switzerland is entering a “delicate phase”.
Switzerland, where gatherings of more than 1,000 people are allowed again as of this month, is entering a “delicate” phase of the coronavirus epidemic, the Minister of Health said Thursday.
In a short video message posted on Twitter, Alain Berset called on the population to be cautious in the face of the epidemic which “continues to complicate our lives”.
He also stressed the importance of respecting barrier gestures, and explained that in the event of an infection, “it is not necessarily that we made a mistake, it can happen.”
“But if you catch it then you have to put yourself in isolation and then if you have a loved one who caught it, put yourself in quarantine, also respect the tracing of contacts, help people who do this difficult work”, he continued. “This is the best way we have to protect ourselves in this delicate phase.”
Switzerland, which has some 8.5 million inhabitants, has never instituted strict containment like other European countries, but restrictions that have been gradually lifted since April 27.
11:26 am | COVID-19: Federal application available in Manitoba.
Manitoba residents will now be able to access the COVID Alert app, which lets users know if they’ve been in contact with someone positive.
“Already downloaded by more than 3 million Canadians, this application is one more tool that we can use to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu said Thursday.
With Thursday’s announcement, residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador can now obtain unique keys from their health authorities.
Remember that the Quebec government announced this week its intention to join the other provinces.
11:05 am | Quebec has passed the 75,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with an increase of 933 infected people and 16 deaths.
10:51 am | More than 3,000 Honduran migrants set out overnight from Wednesday to Thursday in hopes of reaching the United States, despite the risks and restrictions of the pandemic.
10:41 am | Virus: new record in Iran, more than 3,820 cases in 24 hours.
10:39 am | The government does not want to displease the population by requiring the wearing of masks in elementary and secondary schools as is done in Ontario, suspects the parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois, Pascal Bérubé.
10:14 am | The approximately 470 students targeted by a massive screening at the Collège des Compagnons, in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy sector, will have to be patient to have their results confirmed.
10:13 am | Quebec has recorded 16 new deaths from COVID-19, Premier François Legault announced.
9:21 am | COVID-19: saunas and spas will have to close in the red zone.
6:38 am | Pandemic: Germany is further expanding its list of risk areas.
Germany has extended its list of regions at risk to include neighboring Belgium, Iceland and regions in Europe, now covering almost all of France, amid rising cases of COVID-19 infection
This new update, established Wednesday evening by the Robert Koch health watch institute, means that seventeen EU countries are now classified as risk zones, either partially or completely.
In France, the Pays de la Loire and Burgundy regions have been added to the list. The whole country is now targeted with the exception of the Grand Est border region, which was particularly hard hit at the start of the pandemic.
Parts of the UK are featured for the first time with Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Ministry of Affairs again warned on Thursday night against “tourist travel, not essential” to these new areas, where the number of new infections with COVID-19 now exceeds the ceiling of 50 cases for 100,000 inhabitants over seven days.
Tourists returning from these territories will be required to undergo a screening test, and to observe quarantine on their return while awaiting the result.
At the same time, the ministry lifted the warning for travel to more than 160 countries outside the European Union and the Schengen zone.
6:34 am | In Brazil, inequalities in education driven by the coronavirus.
5:16 am | Experts urge Quebec to recommend wearing a mask in class.
Experts urge the Legault government to recommend wearing a mask in class, particularly in the red zone, while students and school staff represent nearly a quarter of new daily cases of COVID-19.
5:10 am | Hard to respect the instructions near schools.
Hugs, bickering, crowds and masks under the chin … Secondary school students admit not respecting sanitary measures and gather as soon as they set foot outside school.
5h00 | The RSEQ publishes an open letter.
In an open letter, the President and CEO of the Quebec Student Sport Network (RSEQ), Gustave Roel, asks the Quebec government to lend an ear to his organization before taking action on the practice of student sports to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
4h00 | TVA Nouvelles’ J.E. investigative program shines the spotlight on the manufacture of disinfectants, which raises questions about the effectiveness of these hygiene products on the market.
0h00 | In Quebec City, more than 2,000 students are currently in distance education because of COVID-19, which creates quite a headache for families who feel they are reliving the scenario of spring.
0h00 | Those close to COVID-19 conspiracy theories are turning to radicalization and cult organizations for help.