[EN DIRECT] The latest developments on the coronavirus

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Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for over a year.

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

LAST REVIEW 14:44

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PLANETARY

Case: 140 993 855

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Dead: 3,014,575

Recovered: 80,456,447

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UNITED STATES

Case: 31 650 993

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Dead: 567,092

CANADA

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Ontario: 416,995 cases (7,716 deaths)

Quebec: 335,608 cases (10,793 deaths)

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Alberta: 169,279 cases (2,037 deaths)

British Columbia: 117,080 cases (1,530 deaths)

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Saskatchewan: 37,873 cases (464 deaths)

Manitoba: 35,992 cases (958 deaths)

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Nova Scotia: 1,800 cases (67 deaths)

New Brunswick: 1,778 cases (33 deaths)

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Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,039 cases (6 deaths)

Nunavut: 414 cases (4 deaths)

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Prince Edward Island: 167 cases

Yukon: 76 cases (1 death)

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Northwest Territories: 43 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

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Total: 1,119,492 cases (23,618 deaths)

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2:36 pm | Half of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine

Half of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data updated Sunday by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency.

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14:34 | COVID-19 in Quebec: first day under 200 cases for two weeks

La Capitale-Nationale recorded 184 new infections linked to COVID-19 in 24 hours, for the first time below the 200 new cases mark since March 31.

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13:49 | Ottawa does not close the door to a state of emergency

Several provinces have already declared a state of emergency in their respective territories since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has not yet ruled out this possibility in order to act forcefully against the third wave of contamination.

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13:13 | COVID-19: Hospitals fuller than ever in Ontario

Ontario’s outbreak of COVID-19 has continued to fill hospitals across the province, which have more patients devastated by the virus than ever before.

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12:13 | Argentina receives 864,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

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Argentina received a delivery of 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine from the Netherlands on Sunday as part of the Covax system and the agreement with the WHO, the Argentine government said.

12:04 am | Vaccination with Johnson & Johnson is expected to resume soon in the United States

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Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine, whose use is suspended in the United States, is expected to be used again, possibly accompanied by “restrictions”, and a decision is expected to be made public by Friday, said White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday.

11:01 am | 1,344 new cases in Quebec

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Quebec reports 1,344 cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths, bringing the total to 336,952 infected people and 10,802 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday, the province recorded 1,537 infections and 8 deaths.

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THE SITUATION IN QUEBEC AS OF APRIL 18, 2021

– 336,952 people infected (+1344)

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– 10 802 deaths (+9)

– 683 people hospitalized (-9)

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– 175 people in intensive care (-)

– The direct debits totaled 35,308 for a total of 8,176,796

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– 58,945 doses of vaccine were administered during the day yesterday for a total of 2,358,757


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10:32 am | Health system: “It has been difficult in the last three weeks”

“For now, we are happy that the trend remains on a plateau, because the health system has great difficulty in dealing with increases in health problems”, explains Dr. Gilbert Boucher, emergency physician.

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9:32 am | COVID masks fall in Israel

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For a year, the Israelis had been walking in the streets without our seeing their faces, barred with sanitary masks. But on Sunday, the latter fell outside, a sign of a first “victory” against the coronavirus in the country.



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9:05 am | Better access to clear window masks demanded

People with hearing loss are campaigning for masks with transparent windows to be more accessible and more widespread.

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8:24 am | “We can never take enough precautions” against COVID

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For Jacques Lapierre, it is difficult to imagine that the situation in Ontario does not rub off on Quebec.

8:10 am | Vaccination: doctors ask to prioritize pregnant women

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Pregnant women should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a priority, asks the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), while their hospitalization due to the virus is on the rise in Ontario.


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7:10 am | Telework: the great dispersion of federal civil servants

Tens of thousands of federal officials could work in their own neighborhoods without ever coming to Ottawa thanks to the opening of collaborative offices across the country after the pandemic.

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