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: 133 195 909
Dead: 2 889 746
Case: 1 028 041, dont 319 802 in Quebec
Death: 23 173, dont 10 709 in Quebec
HERE ARE ALL THE NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 8
10h38 | Wearing a mask or face cover is now mandatory during outdoor activities between people who do not reside at the same address.
10h11 | The Kia Val-Bélair auto dealership is closed by public health, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among employees.
TO SEE | COVID-19 in Quebec: new special measures?
8h59 | Quebec could have saved nearly 6,700 lives cut short by COVID-19, if the Legault government had not decided to transfer patients from hospitals to chronically understaffed CHSLDs.
7h06 | Hundreds of cars have followed one another since 6 a.m. Thursday morning at the CERVO Research Center in Quebec City to obtain a place for the vaccination without an appointment.
6:28 am | Record of nearly 1,000 deaths in Poland.
Poland on Thursday announced 954 deaths from COVID-19, a daily record, increasing the number of victims to 56,659, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.
In 24 hours 27,887 people were infected, increasing the toll of the pandemic to 2,499,507 sick.
“These are tragic statistics. We have never given such a number of deaths, ”ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz told reporters.
According to him, however, the high number of deaths is due to the delay in registration linked to the Easter period and it is, according to him, an accumulation of deaths of a few days.
“These 954 cases are not the effect of the past day or the past two days,” he said.
Andrusiewicz also said the country was overcoming the peak of the third wave of the pandemic.
According to the ministry, more than three quarters of hospital beds intended for COVID-19 patients, including those equipped with a ventilator, are occupied.
6:28 am | Iran officially crosses the 2 million case mark.
Iran officially crossed the threshold of two million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday against the backdrop of the accelerating epidemic with a new record for daily contaminations.
In total, the epidemic has killed 63,884 people in Iran out of a total of 2,006,934 infected, announced the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Sima Sadat Lari. In the last 24 hours, the country recorded 22,586 contaminations, which marks a new record.
6:28 am | Emerging local case of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
New Zealand health authorities confirmed on Thursday the appearance of a local case of COVID-19 in Auckland, two days after the decision to open a “bubble” with Australia in which their nationals will again be able to travel .
No containment of the largest city in the country or any change regarding the opening of this future “bubble” does not seem to be considered for the moment.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, however, announced the immediate suspension of flights from India, where most carriers of the virus have arrived in recent weeks.
The person who tested positive for COVID-19 is a security guard working at a hotel where New Zealanders are quarantined upon their return from abroad.
This new case highlights the difficulty of re-authorizing travel without quarantine in a country that has had almost no cases of local contamination for several months.
This “bubble” is due to open on April 19, more than a year after the South Pacific archipelago closed its borders due to the pandemic.
New Zealand and Australia have largely contained the epidemic, only sporadically recording a few outbreaks of contamination quickly controlled with the implementation of short local containments.
6h28 | The pace of vaccination is accelerating as Quebecers aged 60 and over across the province can now make an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 55-year-old citizens can receive a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine without an appointment if they wish.
4h59 | The German Minister of Health announced Thursday that his country would initiate discussions with Russia with a view to a possible purchase of Sputnik V, if the anti-COVID vaccine is approved by European authorities.
3h55 | People with poor oral hygiene are at risk for more severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to a recent study.
1h36 | Japan plans to prioritize the vaccination of Japanese athletes scheduled to participate in the Olympics, with the aim of protecting them before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, local media reported Thursday.
1h00 | A health specialist hopes that the story of Etienne Desrochers-Jean, a 40-year-old Mega Gym client who died of COVID-19 on Monday, reminds young people that they too have a chance of dying virus.
1h00 | The ball is in the Quebecers’ court. More than 265,000 appointments to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the next week were waiting to find a taker, yesterday at the end of the day.
Our columnists speak out
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