Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our lives.
You will find here, throughout the day, all the news concerning the crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.
- Case: 54 988 459
- Death: 1,326,449
- Case: 302,192; 125,072 in Quebec
- Death: 11,027; 6651 in Quebec
ALL THE NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020
6:32 am | Record of deaths in Russia.
Russia on Tuesday recorded a new record of daily deaths from COVID-19 with 442 dead, the epidemic worsening in regions where examples of overwhelmed hospitals or full morgues are increasing.
Russian authorities have so far ruled out any further national confinement, believing that restrictive measures like those imposed in the spring would be too damaging to the economy.
On Tuesday, authorities said they had recorded the deaths of 442 people in the past 24 hours, three more than the previous record of November 12.
In total, 33,931 patients have died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, but this toll reflecting a much lower lethality than elsewhere in the world is questionable, the Russian authorities only listing the deaths which, after autopsy, have for established root cause the coronavirus.
Demographic data for the period March-September 2020 shows an excess mortality of 117,107 deaths compared to the same period of 2019.
6:29 am | No compulsory vaccination at the Tokyo Games.
Vaccination against the coronavirus will not be mandatory for athletes at the Tokyo Olympics postponed until next summer due to the pandemic, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.
To require vaccines would be “going too far”, judged Mr. Bach, visiting Tokyo to try to convince the Japanese population and the sponsors of the Olympic Games-2020 that the event could be held in July with spectators, despite the recent upsurge in infections.
He reiterated the IOC’s commitment to safe Games during a visit to the Olympic Village on Tuesday, stressing that the organizing committee would take “all necessary precautionary measures so that the athletes can relax and feel safe” .
But if he did confirm that the IOC would encourage athletes to be vaccinated before participating in the Games, he stressed to the press that there would be “no obligation”.
“There are too many questions to consider. This is a private health issue. It is also a question of everyone’s state of health. It’s a question of availability, ”said Bach.
But he said the IOC would “call on” athletes and other participants to get vaccinated, calling it a “sign of respect” both for other athletes and for the Japanese hosts.
5:01 am | Russia on Tuesday rejected accusations by Microsoft, which last week denounced cyberattacks by Russian and North Korean “state or parastatal groups” against pharmaceutical groups developing vaccines against the coronavirus.
1h01 | Hailed for its previous management, Austria is again confined from Tuesday and its government faces unprecedented criticism from the press, experts and the opposition, for its lack of responsiveness.