EN DIRECT 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: 43 444 797
  • Death: 1,158,882


  • Case: 220 213, 100 922 in Quebec
  • Death: 9973, 6153 in Quebec

United States

  • Case: 8 700 053
  • Death: 225,696

All developments for Monday, October 26, 2020

21:01 | The Direction de santé publique de l’Estrie noticed that many individuals did not respect the mandatory isolation period of 14 days for those who have been in contact with a person suffering from COVID-19.

8:20 p.m. | Air pollution could increase COVID-19 mortality by 15%

8:06 pm | A British study from Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori showed on Wednesday that asymptomatic people are more likely to lose their antibodies quickly than those who have shown symptoms of the new coronavirus.

7:54 p.m. | Even though Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has recorded a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on its territory in recent days, the region remains in the orange zone.

19:49 | COVID-19: The Saint-Joseph seminary will reopen Tuesday in Trois-Rivières

7:35 p.m. | Specialists from various backgrounds have been called upon to work nearly 1,000 hours to help screening efforts for COVID-19 in Eastern Quebec since the start of the pandemic.

17:39 | Virus: curfew in the Czech Republic

A curfew will be imposed in the Czech Republic in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the restrictions put in place having not had the desired effect, the government announced on Monday.

“We are not seeing the decline we were hoping for in recent days,” Health Minister Roman Prymula told reporters, adding that the recent restrictions had “had a negligible effect”.

The authorities will impose from Wednesday a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4:59 a.m., until November 3 in order to restrict the mobility of the population.

It will still be possible to go to work and walk your dog. Stores will have to close at 8:00 p.m. and all Sunday.

He also called on companies to switch to telecommuting as much as possible.

The Czech Republic (10.7 million inhabitants) has more than 260,000 cases and more than 2,300 deaths.

17:36 | Viruses: new incidents during anti-restriction demonstrations in Italy

Thousands of people demonstrated again Monday in Italy against the premature closure of restaurants and bars intended to stem the spread of the virus, rallies which have escalated in several major cities.

The closure of restaurants and bars from 6 p.m. and all theaters, cinemas and sports halls for a month has sparked anger and concern in a country already severely affected by two months of confinement in the spring and which must know this year its worst economic recession since World War II.

After already eventful gatherings this weekend in several cities of the peninsula, the demonstrations continued on Monday with their procession of violence in the north and south of the boot.

5:04 pm | COVID-19: Will Quebec extend the challenge 28 days? François Legault takes stock

4:07 pm | The White House would have wanted to vaccinate as a priority people playing Santa Claus, Santa Claus and elves against COVID-19.

4:01 pm | The Pope deprived of the faithful for Christmas ceremonies

15:48 | If the COVID-19 toll figures seem to be stabilizing in Quebec, it is not yet time to relax health measures, believes Dr. François Marquis.

3:32 p.m. | COVID-19 cases at Dooly’s party

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3:30 p.m. | For a second day in a row, Quebec posted a marked improvement on Monday, which did not prevent the government from tightening measures to fight the pandemic in schools.

2:26 p.m. | Red zones: Secondary 3 students at school every other day

2:08 pm | In Norway, a turn of the screw today to avoid the curfew tomorrow

1:30 p.m. | “We must not give up” in the fight against the pandemic, urges the head of the WHO

12:27 pm | The Parliamentary Health Committee will conduct an in-depth study of the Trudeau government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, with a motion passed in the Commons on Monday.

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11:48 am | Nuremberg’s world-famous Christmas market will not take place this year, German city mayor Marcus König said on Monday, as the event attracts some two million visitors each year.

11:00 am | Quebec has counted 808 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24, the best results in recent days.

11:00 am | The health situation in Quebec City continues to deteriorate, to the point where its public health director, Dr. André Dontigny, recommends that the region remain in the red zone.

10:05 am | The municipality of Oslo, in the grip of a rebound in cases of the new coronavirus, presented new restrictions on Monday, in particular by extending the compulsory wearing of the mask to all closed public places where physical distancing is not possible.

9:55 am | No right to buy books or baby clothes, even in open stores: confined since Friday and limited to purchases of “essential” products, more than 65,000 Welsh people signed a petition on Monday demanding the abandonment of these rules deemed disproportionate ”.

9:30 am | Not many small and medium-sized Quebec businesses have adopted telework in the context of COVID-19, according to a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

8:40 am | A coalition representing 200 training rooms, yoga, dance, CrossFit and martial arts centers challenges Quebec and announces that their doors will be open on October 29, even if the government extends the containment measures to prevent COVID-19 .

8:05 am | Up to 30,000 jobs are at risk at Europe’s largest airline group Lufthansa, due to drop in air traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, warned its management.

7:50 am | The prospect of new confinement is taking shape in France in the face of a second “brutal” wave of COVID-19 which could even be “stronger than the first”, is alarmed Jean-François Delfraissy, the president of the Scientific Council which guides the government.

6 h | A boss of an event management SME in Bas-Saint-Laurent had to apply for the Canadian Emergency Benefit (CEP) when his sales collapsed like a house of cards.

4 hrs | A Matane resident learned the hard way that the health measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 also have perverse effects on patients who must stay in hospital for other health problems.

0 h | Does the pandemic push you to want to leave the city to buy a house in the suburbs or in the region? Watch out for head shots.

0 h | Nearly 820 business insolvency cases have been processed in Quebec since March. Construction and restoration being the most affected sectors. The first lockdown resulted in hundreds of thousands of job losses. The pandemic will undoubtedly leave scars.

0 h | While established comedians have taken refuge on TV and radio, since the start of the pandemic, the succession is struggling. With the closure of theaters and bars, young comedians can no longer perform as before in the many comedy evenings that we found in Montreal and across the province. COVID-19 forced them to diversify their activities.

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