[EN DIRECT 20 novembre] All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

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You will find here all the news throughout the day related to this crisis which has hit the population, governments and the economy for several months.



Case: 57 427 358
Death: 1,369,767


Case: 315 753, 129 699 in Quebec

Death : 11,265 deaths, 6,774 in Quebec


9:36 pm | Keep your children healthy at home.

9:29 pm | A neutralizing antibody co-developed by a Canadian company received interim approval from Health Canada on Friday to fight mild and moderate forms of COVID-19 in adults and children at least 12 years old.

19:52 | The Pfizer / BioNTech alliance has, as expected, filed on Friday in the United States an authorization request for its vaccine against COVID-19, a buoy to which populations are clinging facing new restrictions across the world in the face of the outbreak of contaminations.

18:34 | The sectors of Chapais and Chibougamau, in Nord-du-Québec, will go on maximum alert as of Monday, at midnight and one minute.

6:27 pm | Donald Trump son positive for COVID-19.

16:01 | Holiday season: going on a trip in the midst of a pandemic?

3:56 pm | The holiday grace period, announced Thursday evening by the Legault government, is conditional on the situation remaining under control, National Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda recalled Friday, who insists on the need to maintain efforts here. Christmas.

15:55 | The COVID-19 crisis has greatly affected the consumer sector, while nearly one in six small or medium-sized businesses in Quebec is in danger. Between 18,000 and 30,000 SMEs find themselves on the edge of the precipice.

15:48 | The city of Toronto and the region of Peel, Ontario, will return to lockdown on Monday, provincial authorities said.

Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and much of its suburbs will be placed in “lockdown” from Monday due to the worsening COVID-19 epidemic, the premier of the United States said on Friday. ‘Ontario.

“As of Monday, November 23 at 12:01 am, Toronto and Peel will be placed in containment,” Doug Ford told a press conference. “The situation is extremely serious and other actions are necessary,” he said.

3.35pm | The passage of a promoter of the pornographic industry in Rimouski, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, caused quite a headache for the Regional Directorate of Public Health, which was struggling to find people possibly exposed.

3:29 pm | Portugal: state of health emergency extended until December 8.

The state of health emergency in force in Portugal since November 9 was extended on Friday, until December 8 inclusive, and should even extend beyond this date, while the government has yet to specify the measures that will apply from Tuesday.

The President of the Republic, the conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced on Friday evening that he had signed a new decree establishing the state of emergency for a period of 15 days, the maximum provided for by Portuguese law.

“The state of emergency will last as long as it is necessary to fight against the pandemic” of coronavirus, which could reach its peak in Portugal “between the end of November and the beginning of December”, but to which will follow “probably” a “third wave In January or February, he said in a televised address.

The socialist government met at the end of the day on Friday for an extraordinary Council of Ministers which was to decide on the health restrictions associated with the state of emergency.

The measures that will apply from next Tuesday will be unveiled on Saturday and could include a division of the country into several levels of restrictions depending on the severity of the epidemiological situation.

3:13 pm | For those close to her, she could not bear to be judged “non-essential”. The suicide of a 24-year-old Belgian who had just opened barber shop in Liège is on the way to becoming a symbol of distress in the face of the pandemic.

3:08 pm | The fight against the coronavirus is a constant battle in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean where, for a second consecutive day, the bar of 200 new cases of COVID-19 was shattered on Friday.

2:23 pm | Despite a vaccine in sight, part of the UK is tightening anti-COVID restrictions.

The British government announced on Friday that it had asked its health regulator to review Pfizer / BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, as part of Scotland tightens restrictions and Northern Ireland decides to introduce a new confinement of two weeks.

“I can confirm that the government has officially asked the MHRA [l’Autorité de réglementation sanitaire des médicaments] to assess BioNTech / Pfizer’s vaccine to see if it is fit “to UK health standards, Health Minister Matt Hancock said at a press conference.

The United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe by the epidemic with more than 54,000 dead, has already ordered 40 million doses of this vaccine and hopes to receive 10 million by the end of the year.

“If the vaccine is approved by the regulator, we will be ready to start vaccinations next month,” said Matt Hancock, explaining that the British public health service was “in the process of setting up vaccination centers throughout the country, able to manage the logistical challenge of having to store BioNTech / Pfizer’s vaccine at -70 degrees ”.

The announcement comes as part of Scotland tightens restrictions and Northern Ireland decides to introduce new confinement, in a country where each British province decides on its own strategy in the face of the health crisis.

13:52 | No less than eleven maintenance employees of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) have received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 since November 10, according to a compilation made from the carrier’s website.

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13:44 | It will be recommended to wear a mask during holiday celebrations. A guide to good practices to be adopted at these gatherings will soon be published, public health authorities said on Friday during a technical briefing.

12:45 pm | Justin Trudeau refuses to criticize the Legault government, which will allow Quebecers to come together for Christmas, despite the gloomy contagion forecasts unveiled by the federal government earlier in the day.

“We are still far from Christmas and by then, we are right to hope that we will see a reduction in cases that could allow” to come together “without seeing an outbreak of cases,” said Mr. Trudeau.

11:15 am | An increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Quebec over the next month could result in hospitals’ capacity being exceeded to take care of all seriously ill patients in certain regions outside Montreal.

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11h00 | Quebec reports an increase of 1,259 cases and 32 deaths, while hospitalizations are down by 27 in the province.

11h00 | The federal, provincial and municipal levels, along with several other partners, announced Friday morning the creation of an alliance aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and organizations in the Capitale-Nationale to accelerate requests for assistance related to the pandemic.

10:35 am | The radical right in Europe and the United States sees the pandemic as an “opportunity” to be seized to attract new activists from the anti-vaccine and conspiratorial movements, a study commissioned by the German government warns on Friday.

7:15 am | Pfizer and BioNTech to Apply for Marketing Authorization for Their COVID-19 Vaccine with the U.S. Medicines Agency (FDA) Today.

7:00 am | The municipality of Venice has decided to postpone until 2022 the implementation of its entry tax for tourists, which was to come into force during the summer, a postponement intended to try to relaunch an activity completely stopped .

6:45 am | A “very substantial” part of the Spanish population will have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-2021, the head of government Pedro Sanchez announced on Friday.

6:40 am | G20 countries must help fill a $ 4.5 billion shortfall in the World Health Organization (WHO) fund to distribute vaccines against the coronavirus, among other things, urge leaders in a letter viewed by the World Health Organization on Friday. AFP.

6:00 am | A Montrealer living with serious after-effects from COVID-19 implores Quebeckers to be extremely careful during the holiday season.

6:00 am | Quebecers’ long-term adherence to health measures could be compromised, according to an INSPQ survey. A majority of respondents admit that it is “very difficult” to consider long-term restrictions, a break “important” and “worrying” warns a researcher.

6:00 am | The number of coronavirus cases has passed the nine million mark in India, the second most affected country in the world after the United States, Indian health authorities announced on Friday.

6:00 am | Nearly a million people have already benefited from “emergency” inoculations of two experimental anti-COVID vaccines from the Chinese firm Sinopharm, said the pharmaceutical company, without providing clinical data showing their effectiveness.

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