[EN DIRECT 28 OCTOBRE 2020] 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.

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



  • Case: 44 067 588
  • Death: 1 168 693


  • Case: 220 887, 102 814 in Quebec
  • Death: 10,001, 6189 in Quebec

All developments for Wednesday October 28, 2020

11:01 am | Quebec reports 929 new cases and 17 additional deaths, for a total toll of 102,814 contaminations and 6,189 deceased patients.

10:58 am | A positive case among Texans.

The Houston Texans said on Wednesday that one of their players tested positive for COVID-19 the day before.

According to the NFL Network, the affected athlete whose identity has not been released is in segregation, while his team’s facilities are closed. The other club colors bearers will also have to undergo tests.

Having won only one of their first seven games of the season, the Texan team is on leave this week. She will play her next meeting on November 8 against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Other teams on the Goodell Tour have been grappling with an outbreak of positive coronavirus cases, including the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. On the Las Vegas Raiders’ side, several players had their names put on the list of athletes unavailable due to COVID-19 a week ago, after offensive tackle Trent Brown tested positive.

10:47 am | Wall Street fell heavily at the opening Wednesday in the wake of the European stock markets, fears of new restrictions in an attempt to curb the Covid-19 epidemic weighing on investor morale.

10:42 am | The Parti Québécois is asking the government to help businesses in the orange zone which have seen their customer base drastically decrease even if they still have the right to be open.

PQ member Harold Lebel

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PQ member Harold Lebel

9:59 am | The Deputy Prime Minister calls on the opposition parties in Quebec to show more unity and solidarity in this context of health emergency in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

9:36 am | Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Justin Turner learned in the middle of a game that he tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.

8:56 am | More than 500,000 new cases of contamination by the new coronavirus were announced worldwide on Tuesday, a new record according to the count made by AFP on Wednesday from reports provided by the health authorities.

8:00 am | Boeing, still under pressure from the pandemic and the 737 MAX crisis, plans to cut 7,000 additional jobs by the end of 2021, to increase its total workforce to 130,000 employees, against 160,000 at the start of the year.

7:25 am | Virus: hospitalizations in Belgium reach the peak of the first wave.

Belgium, which has become the country in the world where the coronavirus circulates most intensely during the second wave, had almost as many hospital patients on Wednesday as at the peak of the first in early spring, according to official figures.

On Tuesday, the country of 11.5 million people recorded 689 new hospital admissions, breaking the all-time record set on March 28 (629).

Result: there were a total of 5554 patients in hospitals, very close to the peak recorded on April 6 (5759), according to data from the Belgian institute of public health Sciensano.

In Belgium, where a new tightening of restrictions could be announced on Friday, the incidence rate of the virus in the population is the highest in the world, if we except the small Principality of Andorra.

According to AFP data, nearly 891 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been recorded in the last seven days in the kingdom, against 826 in the Czech Republic, the second most affected country (excluding micro-states).

Neighboring countries like France (397) and the Netherlands (394) are respectively 9th and 10th in this ranking.

Figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also put Belgium in the lead. There were around 1,400 new cases in the last two weeks per 100,000 inhabitants.

Cafés and restaurants have been closed in Belgium since October 19, and a curfew is imposed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in two of the country’s three regions (from midnight to 5 a.m. in Flanders). It is forbidden to meet more than four, even outdoors.

7:23 am | Iran: 415 deaths from coronavirus in 24 hours, a record.

Iran has recorded the deaths of 415 people in 24 hours from the new coronavirus, which exceeds the record reached the day before in the country most affected by the pandemic in the Middle East, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

The Islamic Republic has recorded a total of 33,714 deaths, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokesman for the ministry. The first cases of contamination in Iran were reported in February.

7:15 am | Red zones: the gyms are moving back and will remain closed on Thursday.

6:32 am | The galloping progression of the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe will lead France and Germany to announce Wednesday a tightening of their health measures, following in the footsteps of other countries such as Italy, where discontent is growing with the increasingly drastic restrictions.

5h31 | Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Wednesday announced an agreement with Swiss biotech firm Molecular Partners to develop two potential treatments for COVID-19.

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