COVID-19 | Coronavirus

[EN DIRECT JEUDI 26 MARS] The latest developments in the pandemic

Whether in Quebec or internationally, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life as we know it.

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


Confirmed cases: 510,108
Dead: 22,993
Recovered: at least 120,983


Affected by the virus

Total cases in the country: 3,875, including 1,629 in Quebec.

Death: 36, including 8 in Quebec.


3:08 pm | Employees of “La Presse” will suffer an average drop in their compensation of 14% due to the economic slowdown, announced the management of the daily, Thursday.

2:57 pm | US President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he wants to alleviate “social distancing” recommendations linked to the new coronavirus based on a local risk assessment.

2:20 pm | 115 new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the UK in one day, for a total of 578.

13:36 | The 500 Miles of Indianapolis postponed to August 23.

1:25 pm | 46 health care workers are infected with COVID-19 in Quebec. Some of them returned from abroad.

1:23 pm | Transmission of COVID-19 during pregnancy: rare but possible.

1:17 pm | A correctional officer with COVID-19.

1:05 pm | Quebec confirms that 1,629 people are now infected with COVID-19, 290 more than the day before. Of these, 106 are hospitalized, including 43 in intensive care.

12.55pm | The Société de transport de Montréal will reduce its service as of Monday given the drop in traffic caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

[EN DIRECT JEUDI 26 MARS] The latest developments in the pandemic

Photo Agence QMI, Mario Beauregard

12.50pm | Look at Italy if you’re not convinced, says Dr. Tam.

Dr. Theresa Tam.


Dr. Theresa Tam.

12.37pm | Real Madrid stadium transformed into medical equipment warehouse.

12:29 pm | Afghanistan: up to 10,000 prisoners released to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

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11.57am | 385 dead in New York State, +100 in 24 hours.

11:52 am | 927 cases in South Africa preparing for containment.

The number of contaminations with the new coronavirus officially identified in South Africa jumped again Thursday to reach 927 cases, against 709 cases the day before, announced the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize.

11:18 am | Ontario confirmed 170 new cases on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 858 people affected in the province since the start of the crisis, including 13 dead.

11:18 am | Aid to the media: if we need to do more, we will do more, said Minister Guilbeault to QUB Radio.

11.15am | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes stock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:13 am | “Essential” religious cults, decrees Bolsonaro.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro included religious activities on Thursday as an essential service to remain open even during confinement due to coronavirus.

11:07 am | Switzerland exceeds 10,000 cases.

Switzerland has surpassed the 10,000 case mark for the new coronavirus, the government said on Thursday, which intends to detect crowds of people in public space using mobile phones.

10.55am | A first police officer from the Sûreté du Québec is infected with COVID-19. He returned from his trip, quarantined himself immediately and did not return to work.

10.41 am | The G20 will inject $ 5,000 billion into the global economy.

10.37am | In Australia a liner is ordered to leave.

[EN DIRECT JEUDI 26 MARS] The latest developments in the pandemic

Archive photo, QMI Agency

10.32am | A senior in a residence succumbs to the virus.

10:15 am | The number of cases could quickly “explode” in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government warned on Thursday that the most populous country in Africa could quickly face an “explosion” of coronavirus cases if those exposed have not been detected quickly.

9:52 am | Quebec invites all teachers to follow up with their students by phone or on screen each week, prioritizing those in difficulty.

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge.

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9:14 am | China is imposing a drastic reduction in international flights.

China will impose from Sunday a drastic reduction in international flights departing or arriving due to the Covid-19, the National Civil Aviation Office said on Thursday.

9:10 am | The next sporting events that could skip.

8:44 am | Bianca Andreescu in confinement.

8:30 am | Unemployment benefit claims will explode in the United States.

8:14 am | The Magdalen Islands cut off from the rest of the world.

TO READ | One third of those infected are under 40 in Quebec.

7.51am | The pope was tested negative for the coronavirus.

Pope Francis, who celebrated his morning Mass every day in his hotel residence on Thursday, has been tested negative for the coronavirus, according to two Italian newspapers.

7.45 am | Italy: big doubts about the real number of deaths from COVID-19.

7.40am | Ottawa sent masks to China just before the outbreak in Canada.

[EN DIRECT JEUDI 26 MARS] The latest developments in the pandemic

Archives photo Agence QMI, Joël Lemay

7:36 am | Italy: centenary and cured of the coronavirus.

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7:30 am | Over 250,000 cases identified in Europe.

More than 250,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been officially diagnosed in Europe, more than half of them in Italy (74,386) and Spain (56,188), according to a count by AFP on Thursday.

TO READ | At 30, this man believed that the virus would eventually kill him.

7:13 am | WHO-Europe is seeing “encouraging signs” of improvement in the region.

There are “encouraging signs” of a slowdown in the new coronavirus on the European continent despite the still serious situation, said the director of the European branch of the World Health Organization on Thursday.

7:06 am | Germany now performs 500,000 tests per week.

7:01 am | London hospitals face a “continuous tsunami” of patients.

6:48 am | More than 4,000 dead and 56,000 cases in Spain.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain has passed the 4,000 mark, with 655 deaths in 24 hours which brought the toll to 4088, according to the balance sheet of the Ministry of Health released Thursday.

6:37 am | Money “by helicopter” to relaunch growth after the coronavirus?

6:32 am | In the Rohingya camps, fear of a “forest fire”.

6:29 am | SOS for zoo animals, threatened by containment in Colombia.

6:26 am | Two snowbirds tried to do their grocery shopping in Lac-Saint-Jean.

5:43 am | 157 new deaths, the official death toll is 2,234 in Iran.

5:35 am | Total curfew extended by two weeks in Iraq.

Iraqi authorities announced Thursday that it will extend the total curfew for two weeks after the new coronavirus killed 29 people and infected nearly 350 others in a country with poor health care.

4:31 | Nine doctors in the Philippines died from coronavirus.

Nine doctors have died in the Philippines from coronavirus, the head of the National Council of Physicians said on Thursday.

4:19 | European stock markets are starting to fall again.

3:07 am | The loss of economic activity estimated at 35% in France.

Containment measures to combat the coronavirus cause a loss of economic activity of around 35% currently in France.

2:10 am | The Tokyo Stock Exchange relapses (Nikkei: -4.51%), fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in Japan.

2:06 am | Moscow suspends all international flights from midnight.

0h00 | G20 emergency virtual summit today.

G20 leaders hold a virtual summit on Thursday to try to coordinate their response to the threat of unprecedented recession.

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