[EN DIRECT 14 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: 53 762 379
  • Death: 1,308,242


  • Case: 290,347; 122,643 in Quebec
  • Death: 10,873; 6611 in Quebec


6:05 pm | Shock in Italy after the broadcast of a video showing an old man with COVID-19 dead in the emergency toilet of a hospital in Naples.

4.30 p.m. | Sorel-Tracy – Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola ferry: service slowed down because of two employees positive for COVID-19

3:59 pm | Another outbreak problem in a Lanaudière residence

3:06 pm | Outbreak aboard one of the first cruise ships to return to sea

At least seven passengers on a cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few days.

2:54 pm | Austria tightens restrictions, schools and shops soon to be closed.

The Austrian government announced on Saturday the closure of schools and non-essential stores, two weeks after the implementation of a partial containment which has failed to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country.

“New restrictions are needed,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference in Vienna. “From Tuesday and until December 6, confinement like that of spring will be established.”

Detailing the measures, he said that contacts should be limited to the maximum. “My urgent request for the next few weeks is: do not meet anyone. Each social contact is one too many, ”said the head of government.

Outings outside will only be authorized in very specific circumstances (races, professional and medical reasons, sports or walks).

Businesses will also have to lower the curtain, with the exception of food stores, pharmacies, banks, Post offices and other activities deemed essential.

On the education side, primary schools and colleges will provide distance education. Only the upper classes (high schools and universities) were affected so far.

Faced with criticism of this last measure, Sebastian Kurz insisted on the need “to react in a radical way” to stop the spiral.

“There are still many who say that infections don’t happen at school, in stores or in wards anyway. But the truth is that the authorities can no longer trace 77% of new infections, which means that they no longer know where the contaminations are taking place, ”he stressed.

Partial containment with the establishment of a night curfew had been introduced in early November. Restaurants, museums, concert halls, sports spaces had been closed, but cases continued to explode.

14:39 | Romania: 10 COVID-19 patients killed in hospital fire.

Ten patients sick with the new coronavirus died on Saturday in a violent fire at a hospital in northeast Romania, Minister of Health Nelu Tataru announced.

The disaster broke out in the early evening in the intensive care unit of the hospital in the city of Piatra Neamt. He was able to be subdued an hour later.

According to the first elements, the 10 intubated patients perished in the flames.

Seven people were also injured, according to a statement from the hospital.

Among these, a doctor on duty, who tried to help the victims, presents “second and third degree burns on 80% of the body,” said the emergency services.

According to the prefect, a crisis unit has been set up. The Minister of Health was expected on site.

Rather spared during the first wave of the pandemic, Romania has experienced a sharp rise in new cases and hospitalizations for a few weeks.

11:39 am | The Chaudière-Appalaches region experienced a spectacular jump in the number of infections on Saturday, with 125 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in 24 hours, a sad record.

11:16 am | Several “anti-mask” demonstrations took place in Germany on Saturday, including one in Frankfurt, marked by the use of water cannons targeting counter-demonstrators, police said.

11:10 am | An infectious disease specialist believes that the extension of the holiday break, mentioned this week by the Legault government, will not be enough to contain the second wave. She calls for immediate action.

11:04 am | Quebec reports 1,448 additional cases and 25 deaths, bringing the total to 122,643 people infected and 6,611 dead since the start of the pandemic.

9:50 am | Poland: new daily record of deaths from COVID-19, more than 10,000 deaths in total.

Poland announced a new daily record of 548 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, with the total death toll exceeding 10,000 deaths, days after the government’s decision not to impose national lockdown.

These new deaths announced by the Ministry of Health bring the total toll of the pandemic to 10,045 deaths in the country of 38 million inhabitants.

The ministry also identified 25,571 new cases over the past 24 hours, a little less than the daily record announced last weekend. In total, nearly 700,000 cases have been reported in the country.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned that November was going to be “an extremely difficult time” when he introduced new restrictions to tackle the epidemic earlier this month, including the closure of non-essential stores.

He then warned that the government should establish national containment if the number of new contaminations exceeded 70-75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Thursday, he announced to have good news, ensuring that “this week, for the first time in two months, the number of new infections has started to drop” to reach 65 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

9:38 am | A McDonald’s restaurant on Decarie Boulevard in Montreal was closed Friday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

8:14 am | Virus: new two-week containment in Lebanon.

Lebanon began a new two-week re-containment on Saturday to combat the skyrocketing increase in COVID-19 cases which is affecting hospitals now saturated.

According to an AFP photographer, the streets of the capital are almost deserted, police checkpoints have been erected in several places to punish offenders, while the “corniche”, which runs along the sea, is empty of its usual walkers .

A curfew is in place from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Beirut Airport remains open and vital sectors continue to operate.

Since the first contaminations in February, the country has officially recorded 102,607 cases of COVID-19, including 796 deaths, for a population of around six million inhabitants, including nearly a third of Syrian or Palestinian refugees often living in crowded camps.

According to the Ministry of Health, the country has around 11,000 new cases every week.

A first containment in March had made it possible to curb the pandemic. But with the summer slackening, the reopening of businesses, then the devastating explosion of August 4 at the port of Beirut which upset Lebanon, cases of contamination started to rise again.

8:13 am | Coronavirus: more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide.

More than 1.3 million deaths from the new coronavirus have been officially recorded worldwide, according to a count made by AFP from official sources on Saturday.

In total, at least 1,303,783 deaths, for 53,380,442 cases, have been reported.

Nearly one in five deaths has occurred in the United States, the most bereaved country in the world with 244,345 deaths in 10,739,614 cases. Brazil follows with 164,737 deaths and 5,810,652 cases, India (129,188 deaths, 8,773,479 cases), Mexico (97,624, 997,393) and the United Kingdom (51,304, 1,317,496).

8:11 am | Greece closes primary schools amid resurgence of coronavirus

Greece announced on Saturday the closure of its primary schools, kindergartens and nurseries, until the end of the month due to the upsurge in coronavirus cases.

“The Greek government has decided to suspend the operation of schools until November 30,” said Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias, stressing that it was a question of limiting “the movements” of parents, teachers and adults. -parents to obtain “with the other measures in place, the reduction in virus cases”.

“The closure of primary schools was what we wanted to avoid. It’s a message that shows the gravity of the situation, ”he added.

Colleges and high schools are already closed and all lessons have been given remotely since Monday.

Since the end of October, the number of daily deaths has quadrupled in Greece, with 50 deaths recorded on certain days, while the number of infections has doubled to around 3,000 cases per day.

Of the 1,143 intensive care unit beds available in the country, 830 were occupied as of Friday.

“The coming weeks will be extremely critical,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Thursday to Greek deputies during a heated parliamentary debate on the pandemic.

A re-containment began on November 7, and is to last until November 30, although experts do not rule out that it is longer, the country seeming overwhelmed by the disease after being rather spared in the spring.

5:12 am | We will have to “live with the virus over the long term”: the French Prime Minister is working on “rules” for the country until the arrival of a vaccine against the new coronavirus, he tells the French daily Saturday’s World.

4:28 | The president of Turkmenistan, a reclusive country in Central Asia which ensures that it is not affected by the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday inaugurated a new hospital for patients with “infectious patients”.

4:14 | Will poor countries have access to a vaccine against Covid-19? The question arises after the announcement of Pfizer and BioNTech this week on a vaccine they are developing, “90% effective”.

3h23 | An increase in COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities was seen by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) this month, with nearly 2,253 positive cases as of November 12.

3h20 | New Democratic Party (NDP) MPs questioned the Trudeau government’s approach to COVID-19 vaccine deals on Friday, after making public a vaccination contract between Brazil and AstraZeneca.

1h00 | One in five Quebeckers would be a conspirator.

0h00 | Karate master Marc Asselin had already defeated very tough opponents, but the Quebecer, struck down by a stroke in 2016, lost his last fight against COVID-19 at the age of 79.

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