[EN DIRECT 11 NOVEMBRE] All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

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Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our lives.

You will find here, throughout the day, all the news concerning the crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.



  • Case: 51 636 989
  • Death: 1,275,124


  • Case: 274,415; 118,529 in Quebec
  • Death: 10,669; 6515 in Quebec


12:30 pm | “Everyone must follow the advice and recommendations”: Faced with the worsening of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country, the Swedish government on Wednesday urged the population to follow the health rules, although they are not coercive.

12:25 | Italy has passed one million cases of the new coronavirus.

12:08 am | In Italy, rapid tests failed in the face of the second wave.

12:02 | Despite the pandemic, the magic of the holiday season will be able to operate in the Christmas markets which received the green light from Quebec on Wednesday to open their doors and promote local products.


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11:38 am | Coronavirus: UK exceeds 50,000 dead.

The United Kingdom, the country hardest hit in Europe by the novel coronavirus pandemic, passed the 50,000 dead mark on Wednesday, according to the health authorities’ report, which only takes into account the deaths that occurred within 28 days afterwards a positive test.

Confined for the second time since the start of the pandemic, the country recorded 595 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the number of people who died to 50,365. The death toll mentioning the new coronavirus on the death certificate (without necessarily being confirmed by a test) reached 61,648, up from 1,597 in one week.

11:02 am | Quebec deplores a marked increase of 1,378 cases and 22 deaths, for a total toll of 118,529 contaminations and 6,515 patients who have died since the start of the crisis.

10:22 am | Brazil: resumption of clinical trials of a Chinese vaccine against COVID-19.


The Brazilian health regulatory agency Anvisa on Wednesday authorized the resumption of clinical trials of the CoronaVac vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, which had been suspended Monday after the death of a volunteer.

“For the sake of transparency, Anvisa announces that it has just authorized the resumption of clinical trials of CoronaVac”, the organization announced in a press release.

The suspension of these phase 3 clinical trials (the last stage before approval) was greeted with “surprise” and “indignation” by the Butantan Institute, responsible for coordinating these tests in Brazil, with some 10,000 volunteers. .

According to this public institute which depends on the State of Sao Paulo, the “serious incident” reported by Anvisa to justify this interruption was “in no way linked to the vaccine”, the police investigation into the death of the volunteer favoring the thesis of suicide.

10:00 am | Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin admitted to having recently struggled with COVID-19, but said he had not experienced any symptoms.

7:58 am | The first vaccinations against COVID-19 in the European Union could take place “in the first quarter of 2021”, in an “optimistic” scenario, said Wednesday the director of the European agency responsible for epidemics during an interview with the ‘AFP.

7:31 am | Nearly 2,000 people demonstrated outside the seat of government in Ukraine on Wednesday against probable new restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic, which would put many businesses in a difficult situation.

6:39 am | Russia claims 92% effectiveness for its anti-Covid vaccine.

6:32 am | The famous Geneva water jet will remain off to mark the pandemic.

The famous Geneva water jet, whose majestic feather soars up to 140 meters above the city on the shores of Lake Geneva, will not be relighted to mark the second wave of pandemic which is hitting the country hard .

The water jet, which is currently stopped for annual maintenance work, was to be restarted on November 12, but the Council of State of the canton of Geneva decided otherwise.

“In view of the current health situation in Switzerland and Geneva linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council of State has decided to put the Geneva emblem temporarily“ away ”from this second wave. It is thus launching a new signal to the population to encourage them to limit their outings and movements as much as possible ”, underlines a press release from the cantonal government.

This is the second stop of the water jet requested by the Geneva authorities this year regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The first lasted 83 days during the lockdown period last spring.

6:30 am | Coronavirus: Students in England allowed to go home for Christmas.

The British government announced on Wednesday that it would give university students in England the opportunity for a few days to return home after the end of confinement in early December so that they can celebrate Christmas with their families.

Established on November 5 for four weeks in order to stop the second wave of the new coronavirus, the confinement must end on December 2 in England.

“From December 3 to 9 (…) students will be allowed to return home on staggered departure dates set by the universities” in order to reduce “the pressure on transport infrastructure,” the government said in a statement. .

From December 9, courses will have to migrate fully online “so that students can continue their education” from home, he said.

To reduce the risk of transmission linked to these trips, tests for the COVID-19 disease will be offered to “as many students as possible”, with priority given to universities located in areas where the prevalence of the virus is high. .

6:00 am | Used to working in the shadows, the teams of Fannie Brisebois and Martin Boily found themselves overnight in the heart of the battle against COVID-19. And their workload has never been so heavy, they note after eight months of crisis.

1h00 | A strong protest movement is emerging across the province, where nearly 80% of the approximately 3,750 people who have been issued with tickets related to COVID-19 have decided to challenge them or have simply not seen fit to register a advocacy.

A few hundred people demonstrated in September in Montreal to challenge health measures, under heavy police presence.

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A few hundred people demonstrated in September in Montreal to challenge health measures, under heavy police presence.

1h00 | The computer attack that hit the CIUSSS du Center-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is delaying the communication of COVID-19 test results, our Investigation Office has learned.

0h00 | Those who want to use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as an argument to challenge their offense relating to sanitary measures have very little chance of getting out of it, said a professor of constitutional law.

0h00 | After masks and protective gloves, it is now the world race for freezers: Quebec has already placed orders for this essential equipment to keep the promising vaccine developed by Pfizer.

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