[EN DIRECT] All the developments of the pandemic

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: 36 194 507

Death: 1,056,408


Case: 173 123, 81 914 in Quebec

Death: 9541, 5906 in Quebec

All the news for October 8, 2020

8:14 am | COVID-19 in France: the Paris region must prepare for a “very strong tide”.

Hospitals and clinics in the Paris region must prepare for “a very strong tide” of new COVID-19 patients, the director of the regional health agency (ARS), Aurélien Rousseau, told AFP on Thursday.

Since Thursday morning the “reinforced white plan”, allowing health establishments to deprogram surgical activities has been activated.

“A heavy decision” which “means that we are going to take a very strong tide and that we must put all the forces in the battle”, warned Mr. Rousseau.

“This is not trivial, it should alert everyone to the fact that the hospital impact is already there in intensive care and that it will be very powerful on other hospital services”, he insisted.

On Wednesday, 2,439 “Covid patients” were hospitalized in the Paris region, including 455 in “critical care”, or more than 40% of intensive care beds in the region.

After Paris and the metropolis of Aix-Marseille, where drinking establishments are closed in particular, the threat of new health restrictions is looming in several large French cities, such as Lille and Lyon.

“In places where things circulate too quickly, in particular where it circulates a lot among the elderly, who are the most vulnerable, and where we see more and more beds occupied in emergencies, we must move towards more restrictions” a Emmanuel Macron warned on Wednesday evening during an interview on TF1 and France 2.

7:55 am | Due to the risks associated with the virus, the next presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be held virtually.

6:39 am | Virus: a court in Madrid rejects partial confinement measures, “harmful to fundamental rights”.

A high court in Madrid on Thursday rejected the partial closure of the Spanish capital and nine neighboring municipalities imposed by the authorities in an attempt to curb the second wave of COVID-19.

The justice “rejected the ratification (of the measures) because they undermined the rights and fundamental freedoms” of the 4.5 million inhabitants affected by this partial closure which entered into force on Friday evening, the court said in a statement.

6:36 am | COVID-19: EU contracts US for 500,000 doses of remdesivir.

The European Commission announced on Thursday that it had reached an agreement with US pharmaceutical group Gilead to supply 500,000 doses of remdesivir, an antiviral approved in the EU to treat COVID-19 patients.

“Today, we are ensuring access to remdesivir for the treatment of 500,000 patients who need it,” Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement.

“Through our common public procurement markets, we are giving European countries the means to join forces and gain access to equipment and essential drugs,” she explained.

The Gilead Group produces Veklury, the brand of remdesivir. The agreement announced by Ms. Kyriakides provides for the possibility of increasing the supply beyond 500,000 doses.

All EU countries, member countries of the European Economic Area, the UK and six candidate countries (Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina) benefit from these purchases.

6:34 am | German authorities were alarmed on Thursday by a “worrying” surge in Covid-19 infections and warned of an “uncontrolled spread” of the virus in the country, so far less affected than its neighbors.

6:25 am | North Korea is expected to flaunt its latest military technology on Saturday in a giant parade in Pyongyang despite the threat of an epidemic that led the country to close its borders eight months ago.

0h00 | Many Quebecers experience moments of anguish, sometimes waiting up to 15 days for the results of their COVID-19 test, a situation that worries experts, who advocate the importance of getting quick answers.

Martin Vincent, from Laval, was yesterday awaiting the results of his COVID-19 test for 17 days.

Photo Martin Alarie

Martin Vincent, from Laval, was yesterday awaiting the results of his COVID-19 test for 17 days.

0h00 | Long delays in transmitting COVID-19 test results are pushing school service centers to pay private firms in order to obtain information more quickly for their teachers.

[EN DIRECT] All the developments of the pandemic

File photo, Simon Clark

TO READ | The pandemic is causing the closure of some of the most prestigious hotels in downtown Montreal. This week, the Four Seasons and the Saint-Paul have suspended operations amid the crisis, and three others have never reopened.

TO READ | Gyms and other training rooms are forced to close their doors today, but climbing centers can stay open even if they don’t clean their walls after each use.

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