Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our lives.
Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.
- Case: 46 426 677
- Death: 1 199 684
- Case: 236 841, 106 981 in Quebec
- Death: 10 179, 6272 in Quebec
All developments for Sunday, November 1, 2020
8:29 pm | Protecting yourself from COVID when living with a positive person
Experts increasingly claim that community contamination is the main cause of the second wave of COVID-19.
8 pm | WHO chief quarantined after contact with COVID-19 positive person
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Sunday evening that he had placed himself in quarantine after being in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, specifying that he had not no symptoms.
7:54 p.m. | COVID-19: status quo in Quebec, concern in the Prairies
While Quebec continues to maintain itself on a plateau without managing to bend the curve of the second wave of COVID-19, the Prairie provinces continue their dizzying rise.
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6:12 p.m. | COVID-19: the Peruvian site of Machu Picchu reopens after 8 months of closure
The Inca site of Machu Picchu, jewel of Peru’s tourist sites, reopens on Sunday after nearly eight months of closure due to COVID-19.
For health security reasons, however, only 675 tourists will be able to access the site each day, or 30% of the daily number of visitors before the pandemic.
Reopening Machu Picchu shows “that Peruvians are resilient,” Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Rocio Barrios told AFP.
The number of coronavirus cases is decreasing in Peru, and tourists will be required to keep their distance.
The confinement has resulted in a net loss for the tens of thousands of Peruvians who make their living from tourism, especially in the mountainous region of Cusco where the Inca citadel is located.
Many hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related activities went bankrupt during the more than 100-day lockdown, lifted in July.
The taxi driver Eberth Hancco, who works at the airport in the city of Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire, is among those who have suffered from the confinement.
Without visitors to bring to the tourist sites, he had to resolve in April to leave the city and work the land on his parents’ farm with his wife and daughter.
“The situation has been very bad, because Cusco depends on tourism,” he said.
Before the pandemic, there were 80 hotels in Ollantaytambo, a town with an imposing stone fortress at the end of the road from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It is from here that tourists can take the train to the famous citadel.
“At least half have gone bankrupt,” said Joaquin Randall, who heads the local hotel and restaurant association.
“Official hotels that pay taxes were able to access government aid,” he told AFP, but the myriad of informal hotels that operated in the region did not.
1:45 p.m. | Obama touts Canada’s response to the epidemic
Former US President Barack Obama touted Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and suggested that the United States could have avoided thousands of deaths if it had taken it on its inspiration.
11 am | Quebec daily report: 965 new cases and 26 additional deaths
As of Saturday, the province had 1,064 cases and 15 deaths.
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3 h 41 | United States: resumption of cruises, but without passengers on board
The US Public Health Protection Agency has announced the resumption of navigation of cruise ships in US waters from Sunday, but without passengers on board.
3 h 36 | COVID-19 outbreak: Inmate’s sister denounces conditions at Calgary Correctional Center
0 h | COVID-19: reduce cases to save the health system … and Christmas
Despite the closings of businesses and a social life on hiatus for millions of Quebecers, the number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec is not falling. This is a problem for the Legault government, which wants to give Quebeckers a gift for Christmas when the health system is “at the end of its rope”.
0 h | The battle against the virus around the world
Four more weeks of effort, during which gyms, bars, dining rooms, restaurants and entertainment will remain closed. But “Quebeckers know that we have to make sacrifices, that the situation is currently difficult everywhere in the world,” said Prime Minister François Legault. What is it really ? Here is an overview of the situation in different states on the planet.