COVID-19

LIVE | The latest developments on COVID-19

Whether in Quebec or anywhere else on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for more than a year and a half.

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

LAST REVIEW 3:55 pm

PLANETARY

Case: 241837753

Dead: 4,918,215

USA

Case: 45 161 398

Dead: 729,434

CANADA

Ontario: 595,867 cases (9,823 deaths)

Quebec: 420,929 cases (11,455 deaths)

Alberta: 316,964 cases (2,988 deaths)

British Columbia: 198,838 cases (2,086 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 74,940 cases (793 deaths)

Manitoba: 62,383 cases (1,235 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 7,166 cases (98 deaths)

New Brunswick: 5,965 cases (99 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,898 cases (15 deaths)

Northwest Territories: 1,712 cases (9 deaths)

Yukon: 867 cases (10 deaths)

Nunavut: 674 cases (4 deaths)

Prince Edward Island: 315 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 1,688,531 cases (28,615 deaths)

NEW

5:16 pm | US Approves Injection of Different Vaccine for COVID Booster Dose

AFP

The U.S. drug agency on Wednesday authorized the use of a different COVID vaccine for the booster dose than was initially used for immunization, it said in a statement.

15:55 | Ontario sets best record in two months

In Ontario, only 304 cases and four deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since early August.

2:35 pm | Vaccination of deputies: conservatives punish a decision made “in secret”

The conservatives denounced the decision, adopted “in secret” by the Board of Internal Economy of the Parliament, to impose the double vaccination to the parliamentarians so that they can go to the proceedings in the House of Commons as of November 22.

2:11 pm | UK government rejects calls to reinstate restrictions

On Wednesday, the British government rejected growing calls to reinstate anti-COVID restrictions, such as indoor masks in the face of increasing pollution, preferring to focus on vaccination and new treatments.

2pm | Several businesses and restaurants remain closed in downtown Montreal

The impacts of the pandemic are still being felt strongly in downtown Montreal, where 41% of businesses closed permanently or temporarily in office buildings or train stations in the third quarter of 2021.

1:15 pm | Your disinfectant wipes are blocking the sewers!

Disinfectant wipes dumped down the toilet in large quantities since the start of the pandemic have brought hell on municipalities struggling with costly equipment breakdowns. We are talking about sewage treatment equipment, not to mention blocked sewers.

12:25 | “Signs That Vaccine Efficacy Is Decreasing”

An increase in COVID contamination in RPA and CHSLD in the province appears to show that the effectiveness of vaccines is beginning to decline, as indicated by an Israeli study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

11:20 am | People 65 and older should get a third dose soon

Although vaccination against COVID-19 significantly reduces the risk of being hospitalized, following sanitary measures and wearing a mask in the correct way is still essential to protect against the disease.

11:15 am | Legault wants most sanitary measures to end soon

Prime Minister François Legault believes that the vast majority of health measures will disappear from the beginning of 2022, at the same time that the health emergency is lifted.

11:10 am | People 65 and older should get a third dose soon

Although vaccination against COVID-19 significantly reduces the risk of being hospitalized, following sanitary measures and wearing a mask in the correct way is still essential to protect against the disease.

11 a. M. | Quebec has 458 new cases

Quebec reports 458 COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths, bringing the total to 420,929 infected people and 11,455 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday, the province registered 342 infections and four deaths.

THE SITUATION IN QUEBEC AS OF OCTOBER 20, 2021

– 420,929 infected people (+458)

– 11,455 deaths (+2)

– 287 people hospitalized (-10)

* 12 new entries

* 22 new releases

– 72 people in intensive care (-3)

* 1 new entries

* 4 new releases

– Direct debits amounted to 22,197 for a total of 13,003,927

– 9,637 administered doses are added, that is, 9,189 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 13,117,890 doses received in Quebec

– Outside of Quebec, a total of 209,384 doses were administered for a cumulative total of 13,327,274 doses received by Quebecers

10:12 am | Senators call for Bolsonaro to be prosecuted for 10 crimes

A Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry of the Brazilian Senate (CPI) on Wednesday called for the indictment of President Jair Bolsonaro for 10 “intentional” crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including “crimes against humanity.”

8:45 am | The United States prepares to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 next month

The United States is actively preparing to begin vaccination against COVID-19 against 28 million American children ages 5 to 11 with the Pfizer remedy starting next month, when authorities have cleared health facilities.

AFP

The United States will be ready to immunize children ages 5 to 11 against COVID starting next month, the White House has said.

8:28 am | Putin begs Russians to get vaccinated

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a week of paid vacation from October 30 to November 7 in an attempt to stem the deadly epidemic wave of COVID-19 in Russia.

AFP

5:41 am | COVID-19: Parents of Young Children Are at Their Wits’ End

GEN - PARENTS AT THE END OF THE ROLL

Photo Martin Alarie

Parents who see their license margin decrease because their children have symptoms of COVID-19 are at their wits’ end after more than a year and a half of the pandemic.

“I know I’m going to lose my job,” says Simon (not his real name), the father of a mixed family of five children.

5:19 am | Contaminated to death by your anti-vaccine heat pump salesman

Golden family

Courtesy photo

A 73-year-old man still in shape died a few days from COVID after the visit of an unvaccinated heating company employee who carried the virus and who did not comply with health measures.

“We weren’t expecting it … It’s shocking! We have been vaccinated, we protect ourselves from the beginning, we are careful, we avoid certain places and we have someone who comes to us who gives us [la COVID-19]. It’s free and it cost my husband his life, ”says Nicole Mayer-Doré, who lost her partner on October 3 due to respiratory complications from COVID.

5:10 am | United Kingdom: Faced with COVID, healthcare professionals call for new restrictions

AFP

A British public health service official on Wednesday called on the government to reinstate new restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases that are likely to overwhelm hospitals as winter approaches, an option so far ruled out by the ‘executive’.

The new contaminations, among the most important in Europe, are approaching their levels of the violent wave of last winter, approaching 50,000 on Monday. Deaths and hospitalizations remain much lower, however, with 223 deaths announced Monday, the highest since March, bringing the total death toll to nearly 139,000 deaths.

5:08 am | COVID: Russia Sets New Daily Death Record

AFP

Russia recorded a new record for coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday in the past 24 hours, according to an official report released ahead of a meeting chaired by Vladimir Putin to decide on possible restrictions to stop the epidemic.

In the last 24 hours, 1,028 deaths caused by the new coronavirus have been identified, a record, as well as 34,073 new contaminations, according to the government registry.

3h56 | COVID: Delta subvariant case identified in Israel

AFP

Israel has identified in its territory a first case of a subvariant of the Delta, which is already circulating in several European countries, the Health Ministry said.

“The AY4.2 variant, which has been discovered in several European countries, has been identified in Israel,” the ministry said in a statement late Tuesday.

3h25 | Vaccine: Beijing offers a third dose to its inhabitants in the run-up to the Olympics

AFP

The city of Beijing is now offering its residents the injection of a third dose of anti-COVID vaccine, local media said on Wednesday, a few months before the Winter Olympics organized in the Chinese capital.

China had fully vaccinated more than 1 billion people (78% of the population) by mid-September, according to the Health Ministry, thanks to Chinese vaccines from manufacturers Sinovac and Sinopharm.

0h02 | Gates Foundation Invests $ 120 Million to Access COVID Pill

AFP

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday an investment of up to $ 120 million to make it easier for poor countries to access a promising treatment for COVID-19 in pill form.

The American laboratory Merck has developed a drug, molnupiravir, which greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death when taken in the first days of infection.

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