News on COVID-19 of December 9

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 10:53 pm


Case: 268501588

Dead: 5,286,843


Case: 49661145

Dead: 794,648


Ontario: 626,321 cases (10,044 deaths)

Quebec: 460,233 cases (11,597 deaths)

Alberta: 338,141 cases (3,271 deaths)

British Columbia: 221,576 cases (2,378 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 81,572 cases (936 deaths)

Manitoba: 69,314 cases (1,344 deaths)

New Brunswick: 9,223 cases (136 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 8,532 cases (110 deaths)

Northwest Territories: 2,069 cases (12 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 2,076 cases (18 deaths)

Yukon: 1,561 cases (14 deaths)

Nunavut: 676 cases (4 deaths)

Prince Edward Island: 406 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 1,823,009 cases (29,876 deaths)


18:34 | Suspended without pay: 458 health workers refuse screening

Not only are healthcare workers refusing to get vaccinated, hundreds of them are currently suspended without pay after refusing to undergo mandatory testing.

5.30 pm | The number of cases skyrockets in Quebec and Lévis

As Christmas approaches, the situation continues to deteriorate with 246 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Quebec City region.

4:57 pm | The number of surgeries in Canada fell by half a million during the pandemic

The number of surgeries performed in Canadian hospitals fell by more than half a million during the pandemic, according to the findings of a study published Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

2:33 pm | Omicron removes travel reservations

The discovery of the new variant of Omicron and the new restrictions imposed by the federal government have enough to cool the enthusiasm of those who had planned to spend the holidays in the sun.

12:38 | Booster Pfizer Vaccine Licensed for 16-17 Year Olds in the United States


US health officials further lowered the age at which a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine can be received on Thursday, allowing it in teens ages 16 and 17.

The announcement comes a day after data released by the company showing that a booster dose is expected to be crucial to combat the Omicron variant.

The emergency authorization request was submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech less than two weeks ago.

12:34 | More than 1,200 cases in Ontario

AFP photo

On Thursday 1,290 cases and 10 deaths were added to the balance of the province. Again, it is a peak of infections, this time since last May and the third wave that had swept the province.

12:12 | Over 1,800 new cases: Dubé expects the rise to continue

With more than 1,800 new cases confirmed in 24 hours, the increase in the number of infected people is expected to continue, Minister Christian Dubé said, encouraging parents to vaccinate their children, who will soon be able to bring home rapid tests. .

“We could have 3,000 cases,” warned the Minister of Health, during a press scrum in the National Assembly.

His ministry reported 1,807 new cases of COVID-19, plus one death, on Thursday.

12:03 | Advocating for a deep reorganization of long-term care

The massacre that occurred in residential long-term care facilities due to COVID-19 should encourage Quebec to fundamentally reorganize long-term care and review the governance of CHSLDs.

This is the conclusion reached by a new study by the Public Policy Research Institute (IRPP) presented on Wednesday.

11:37 am | Increased police surveillance during the holidays

Police surveillance in Quebec restaurants and bars will increase during the Christmas season, announces Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Gulbault.

The objective of these operations is to promote compliance with the measures related to the vaccination passport by supporting the operators and owners of restaurants and bars in the application of these measures.

11 a. M. | More than 1,800 new cases today

Quebec reports 1,807 new COVID cases and 1 death, bringing the total to 460,233 infected people and 11,597 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday, the province registered 1,367 infections and two deaths.

The affected people are mainly unvaccinated people and children from 5 to 11 years old.


– 460,233 infected people (+1807)

– 11,597 deaths (+1)

– 255 people hospitalized (+13)

* 35 new entries

* 22 new releases

– 60 people in intensive care (+1)

* 7 new entries

* 6 new releases

– 34,634 administered doses are added, that is, 33,799 in the last 24 hours and 835 before December 8, for a total of 13,863,084 administered doses in Quebec.

– Outside of Quebec, a total of 237,389 doses were administered, for a cumulative total of 14,100,473 doses received by Quebecers.

10:15 am | A booster dose is “safe and effective” 3 months after the last injection.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Thursday that booster doses could be given “safely and effectively” only three months after the last injection, while until now it had recommended waiting six months.

“While the current recommendation is to give boosters preferably after six months, currently available data support the safe and effective administration of a booster dose as early as three months after the end of the primary vaccination cycle if such an interval is desired. short of from a public health point of view, ”said Marco Cavaleri, head of vaccine strategy for this Amsterdam-based agency.

9:39 am | Omicron: warning against rushing for the third dose

A WHO official on Thursday called on rich countries not to once again rush to vaccines to the detriment of poor countries, emphasizing that the need for a third dose was not scientifically proven against the Omicron variant.

With the emergence of this variant, “there is a risk that global stocks will be redirected back to high-income countries that want to stockpile vaccines to protect their populations to the point of glut,” said Dr. Kate O’Brien, chief of immunization at the World Health Organization, during a press conference.


8:43 am | Rapid screening tests distributed to Quebec schools

Elementary school students will soon receive rapid COVID-19 tests that can be used at home, Quebec announces.

“Each preschool and elementary school student will be given, in their school bag, a kit that includes five rapid tests as well as the equipment and instructions to perform them,” indicates the Ministry of Health and Social Services as a press release.

8:20 am | More than 1,800 new cases today

The latest COVID-19 toll is on the rise, Quebec has 1,821 new cases today. Hospitalizations increased 13.

6:44 am | First cases of the Omicron variant in Lebanon

The first two cases of the contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Lebanon, the Health Minister announced on Thursday.

“Two cases detected through examinations conducted at the airport” are variants of Omicron, said Lebanese Health Minister Firas Abiad.

The two travelers in question were from “Africa,” he said, adding that they had been “quarantined” since their arrival in Beirut.

5h58 | Mink crisis: Danish prime minister defends herself from a commission

Cited Thursday before a parliamentary commission for announcing an illegal order at the time, the Danish Prime Minister on Thursday defended her “good” decision to euthanize the 15 million minks raised in her country to avoid COVID-19 mutations.

5:04 am | Omicron: PCR Testing, Missing Gene, and Global Panic

Impossible to enter, high risk of contagion: it is in this Johannesburg laboratory, which analyzes some 18,000 PCR tests a day, that the first case of Omicron was detected. Soon after, the alarm sounded around the world, causing a wave of panic.

Wearing a white coat and mask, Eftyxia Vardas leads an army of laboratory assistants, biochemists and fellow virologists in one of the largest structures in the Lancet’s private laboratories.

4:46 am | Coronavirus: Boris Johnson’s credibility in doubt

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ridiculed by the press and vilified within his own party, has his credibility questioned on Thursday for the imposition of new restrictions against the Omicron variant at a time when his government is in crisis over violations of the anti-COVID rules.


3h37 | More joints smoked in the Netherlands since COVID

At the checkout of the No Limit café in The Hague, the flow of buyers seems inexhaustible. Because they want to calm their anxiety or cheat on boredom, many clients have increased their cannabis use since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID has done us good,” smiles the Carmelita chief, interviewed by AFP. Without limit, before the pandemic, it was 300 to 350 customers per day, remember. Today, there are more than 500, welcomes the elegant forty-something.

AFP photo

0h57 | China approves treatment for COVID-19

China first gave the green light to COVID-19 treatment, two years after the disease first appeared on its soil and amid a resumption of the epidemic.

Unlike a preventive vaccine, the treatment treats patients who are already infected with the virus to avoid serious complications.


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