[EN DIRECT 21 SEPTEMBRE] All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

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Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for several months.

Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.



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Death: 962,076


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Death: 9221


Case: 68 128

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Death: 199 690


4:33 p.m. | COVID-19: Czech PM believes he relaxed restrictions too early

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis admitted on Monday that his government had made “a mistake” in relaxing anti-coronavirus restrictions as early as the summer.

After successfully controlling the pandemic through strict measures such as the compulsory wearing of masks outdoors, the Czech government had lifted most of these measures before the summer vacation.

“I let myself be won over by the arrival of summer and the general atmosphere. It was a mistake that I don’t want to make again, ”Mr. Babis said in a televised speech in which he urged his fellow citizens to wear a mask to protect themselves.

The Czech Republic on Thursday recorded a record 3,130 new cases of COVID-19 contamination. It was the third consecutive daily record for the country of 10.7 million people, which has recorded just over 50,000 cases and 521 deaths since March.

Statistics also show that more and more health workers are infected.

4:22 pm | Limited access to places of worship: “It is not acceptable”, says Cardinal Lacroix

Photo Jean-François Racine

4:19 pm | COVID-19: Canadian public health calls on all

Archive photo, QMI Agency

3:44 pm | COVID-19: “We are in the process of dropping it straight out”, worries Régis Labeaume

3:43 pm | Operating theaters don’t fear the number of patients

3:20 pm | United Kingdom raises alert level

3:08 pm | Italy imposes a test on travelers coming from Paris and other French regions

Italy will impose on all travelers from several French regions, including Ile-de-France and Provence-Côte-d’Azur, a negative test for COVID-19 before entering its territory, a announced Monday the Minister of Health.

The regions affected by this measure which should come into force in the coming days are Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Côte-d’Azur, Corsica, Nouvelle -Aquitaine and Occitanie.

“I signed a new ordinance extending the obligation of molecular or antigenic testing to citizens coming from Paris or other regions of France,” said Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza on his Twitter account.

“European data is critical. Italy is in a more favorable situation than other countries, but we must remain cautious not to make the sacrifices made so far in vain ”, he added.

Travelers from these regions will have to present a molecular or antigen test carried out 72 hours before entering the territory and the result of which is negative.

Otherwise, they will have to perform this test on their arrival at the airport, port or border post.

13:57 | More than 60 rich countries join the WHO vaccine access scheme

13:36 | “We are in the second wave”, confirms Dr Arruda

13:03 | Operation OSCAR: more than 2,200 bars and restaurants visited by police officers

12:36 | The Paris Bourse had its worst session in more than three months on Monday and fell 3.74%, depressed by concerns about the resurgence of COVID-19 and its potential consequences on the economy, a few months after a first wave of destruction.

12:35 pm | All pubs reopened Monday in Ireland after six months of closure to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, except in the capital Dublin, where contamination is increasing.

12:03 am | Wearing the medical mask is effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 when worn by a large number of people, indicates an INSPQ report which notes the lack of data on the broader question of barrier methods, such as artisanal face coverings.


11:11 am | Quebec has recorded a marked increase of 586 cases and two deaths, for a total toll of 68,128 infected people and 5,804 deceased patients.

Photo QMI Agency, Guy Martel

9:27 am | The official toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to reach 200,000 dead on Monday in the United States, the hardest hit country in the world and where the coronavirus currently kills four times more proportionally than in Europe.

9:06 am | Quebec is screening much more than before for COVID-19, with nearly 30,000 tests carried out during the days of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which could suggest that it is normal to discover more cases of the virus in population.

6:15 am | Bars are once again scratched by the new health measures in the orange zones decreed by Public Health on Sunday, while restaurants feel they have been spared.

1h00 | College students already do not know where to turn with online courses, to the point where some have preferred to abandon courses or even their session a few weeks after the start of classes.

Photos Martin Alarie and Ben Pelosse

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