[EN DIRECT 18 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: 55 695 116
  • Death: 1 339 820


  • Case: 306,468; 126,054 in Quebec
  • Death: 11,086; 6675 in Quebec


7:02 am | Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective and will not have serious side effects.

6:56 am | German police used water cannons in Berlin on Wednesday to disperse a demonstration by opponents of restrictive measures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic because of their refusal to wear a mask, AFP journalists noted.

6:27 am | Decline in the number of cases, increase in the number of deaths in Europe, according to the WHO.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Europe fell last week for the first time in more than three months, but deaths in the region continued to rise, WHO data released on Wednesday revealed.

In total, nearly four million cases have been recorded worldwide over the past week, causing the deaths of nearly 60,000 people, the World Health Organization said.

Europe, which on Tuesday saw its total number of infections pass the 15 million mark, remains the most affected region of the world.

Last week, that figure accounted for 46% of new global cases and 49% of deaths, according to the Organization’s weekly epidemiological update.

With 1.84 million new cases, pressure remained high in Europe, but the WHO points out that “last week, for the first time in more than three months, the region saw a 10% drop in the number of weekly cases ”.

More than 29,000 new deaths were however recorded on the European continent during this period, an increase of 18% compared to the previous week.

6:25 am | COVID-19: Hungary extends state of emergency until February 8.

Hungary extended the state of emergency, decreed to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic until February 8, according to a government decree adopted late Tuesday evening.

The restrictions, which include a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., a ban on gatherings and the establishment of online courses for schools and universities, were originally scheduled to end on December 10. They can now be extended for two more months.

6:22 am | Six days of confinement in the state of South Australia.

The state of South Australia has announced the establishment from midnight Wednesday of a six-day confinement in the capital Adelaide to try to contain the recent outbreak of coronavirus cases.

Schools, restaurants and factories are to close, and people across the state are required to stay in their homes.

This measure comes after the appearance of two new cases regarding an outbreak of coronavirus detected in a hotel in Adelaide, where people arriving from abroad were doing their quarantine.

The city thus totaled 22 infected people on Wednesday.

Weddings and funerals will be banned and the wearing of masks made compulsory in public in this state, which had not recorded a significant number of cases since April.

“We hit hard and early. Time is running out and we must act quickly and firmly. We cannot wait to see how the situation will deteriorate, ”said Prime Minister Steven Marshall.

The head of health services, Nicola Spurrier, stressed that these “extreme” measures should allow this state of 1.8 million inhabitants to search for contact cases and to interrupt the chains of transmission.

“I cannot make this decision in two or three weeks, or even in two or three days, because it will be too late,” she said.

6:15 am | Brazil threatened with a second wave of coronavirus.

Already hard hit by the coronavirus, Brazil, the second most bereaved country in the world, has recorded an increase in hospitalizations raising fears of a second wave similar to the one currently sweeping over Europe and the United States.

In this country of 212 million people where more than 166,000 people have died from COVID-19, the moving average of daily deaths, which was over 1,000 during an endless plateau from June to August, had fallen below 350 in beginning of last week. Since Saturday, it has gone back above 400.

The government of the state of Sao Paulo, the most populous and the first source of contamination in the country, reported an 18% increase in hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients last week.

These alarming figures prompted him to put the brakes on the program to gradually lift restrictions applied since June.

Because in Brazil, eight months after the arrival of the pandemic, many are living again almost normally, as if the virus had disappeared.

In the biggest cities of the country, shops, schools or sports halls and cinemas have reopened and we see crowded beaches, bars and restaurants.

The recent increase in hospitalizations is observed above all in private clinics, where it affects younger and better-off people.

0h43 | 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”.

0h00 | The spread of COVID-19 is reaching new heights in the school system. The virus is now present in one in three schools, and the number of closed groups continues to climb.

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TO READ | The slim hope that restaurant, bar and gym owners were clinging to of reopening on November 23 has been dashed by François Legault, who has no plans to ease restrictions anytime soon.

Alain Creton, owner of the Chez Alexandre brasserie in Montreal, will not be able to open his dining room for the holiday season.  The atmosphere is

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Alain Creton, owner of the Chez Alexandre brasserie in Montreal, will not be able to open his dining room for the holiday season. The atmosphere is “gloomy” among restaurateurs of his knowledge, he says.

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