Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for nearly a year.
Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.
The balance sheets
Case: 127 709 613
Case: 971 718, whose 309,202 in Quebec
Death: 22,900, whose 10 651 in Quebec
HERE ARE ALL THE NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 30
6:56 am | The German laboratory BioNTech announced Tuesday that it intended to manufacture in 2021 up to 2.5 billion doses of its vaccine developed with the American Pfizer, or 25% more than initially announced.
6:12 am | Virus: Germany will strengthen controls at its land borders.
Germany will strengthen for the “next 8 to 14 days” the controls around its land borders in particular with France, Denmark and Poland, without however systematizing them, to fight against the pandemic, announced Tuesday the Minister of the ‘Interior.
“No matter where you come from, Poland, France, or Denmark, everyone should expect to be checked,” Horst Seehofer said at a press conference, adding that these random checks would take place on the German territory, after crossing the border.
6:11 am | Italy will impose a quarantine on travelers coming from the EU.
Italy will impose a five-day quarantine on travelers from European Union member countries, sources told the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
Any traveler from the EU will have to take a test before their departure, respect a five-day quarantine, then perform a new test at the end of this period, a measure already in force for countries outside the EU, according to the same source.
6:06 am | Venezuela: record of daily contaminations.
Venezuela recorded 1,288 new infections on Monday, a record of daily COVID-19 cases for the country facing a second wave of coronavirus, “more virulent” according to authorities.
Between Sunday and Monday, 1,288 new infections were recorded for a total of 157,943 cases, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said in a speech broadcast by state television.
This figure exceeds the previous peak of 1,281 cases reached in August 2020.
Delcy Rodriguez also reported 12 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 1,577.
These official figures are however questioned by the opposition and several NGOs, in a context of limited access to PCR diagnostic tests and while hospitals and clinics are saturated according to witnesses.
The country of 30 million inhabitants is affected by a second wave of coronavirus “more virulent” according to the authorities, and linked to the arrival of the Brazilian variant in March.
TO READ | Quebec does not rule out returning to distance education for high school students, which could be a blow to the social life of young people who were returning to school full-time in the red zone on Monday.
1h00 | Vaccination campaign coordinators have had to adjust in recent weeks to respond to the fears and refusals of the population to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
1h00 | A 69-year-old woman who passed out and suffered severe stomach aches about 48 hours after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine does not understand why her symptoms were not reported to public health authorities.
Our columnists speak out
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This virus is derailing the state —> Richard Martineau
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