[EN DIRECT] All developments of the COVID-19 pandemic


Here you will find all the latest news related to this crisis that is shaking up governments, the economy and people.

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137,445 confirmed cases

5,088 dead

69,779 people recovered

120 countries and territories affected

Case in Canada

Ontario 79
British Columbia 53
Quebec 17
Alberta 23
Manitoba 3
Saskatchewan 1
New Brunswick 1

Total: 177

Here is all the news regarding the spread of the Covid-19

4:38 pm | After the schools and daycare centers, it is the turn of the courts to close their doors, just announced the Quebec court explaining that only essential services will be maintained.

4:05 pm | Dramatic rebound on Wall Street after Trump’s statement, the Dow Jones jumped 9.3%.

3:39 pm | President Donald Trump declares a state of emergency in the United States.

3:29 pm | The Caquist deputy Ian Lafrenière in voluntary isolation.

3:07 pm | 800 new cases in France and 79 deaths in total.

2:45 pm | Poland closes its borders to foreigners.

2:31 pm | Denmark closes its borders to foreigners.

The head of the Danish government, Mette Frederiksen, announced Friday the closure of the country’s borders to foreigners from Saturday noon to try to slow the progression of the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

2:28 pm | Cirque du Soleil suspends touring shows.

The Cirque du Soleil Group announces today the immediate and temporary suspension of the following touring shows:

2:16 pm | The Madrid region of Spain orders the closure of all non-essential shops.

2.13pm | The Bank of Canada lowered its key rate by 50 basis points on Friday to bring it down to 0.75%.

2:05 pm | The Musée de la civilization remains open by adjusting its program of activities.

2pm | There is no question of suspending the service to users of public transportation, ensures the STM during a press briefing.

13.53 | The Société des traversiers du Québec is implementing special measures.

1:20 pm | The CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal announced Friday the temporary suspension of visits to residents and patients in its various CHSLDs and hospitals.

1:15 pm | Italy has recorded 250 new coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, a new record, pushing the death toll to 1,266, according to a report published by Civil Protection.

1:12 pm | The Eiffel Tower is closed until further notice.

12.59pm | Authorities in Louisiana announced Friday that they are rescheduling their Democratic primary, originally scheduled for April 4, to June 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first state to take such an initiative in the presidential election in November.

12:15 pm | Public health in Canada strongly advises against non-essential travel abroad and Ottawa intends to limit the number of overseas flights at certain international airports.

12:07 pm | The British government has decided to postpone local elections for a year in parts of the country’s municipalities, including London.

12:06 | Europe is the “new epicenter” of the coronavirus pandemic, announces WHO.

11.50am | François Legault is asking the population to stop using 8-1-1 and instead call 1 877 644-4545 or consult the government’s website for information on COVID-19.

11.45 am | Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Friday on his Facebook account that he is not a carrier of the coronavirus, by matching this information with a photo of him making an arm of honor.

Bolsonaro was tested after returning from a visit to the United States where he met his American counterpart Donald Trump last week with his delegation, one of whose members tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

11:19 am | The Portuguese government declared a state of alert on Friday in order to be able to mobilize civil protection and the police to enforce a series of emergency measures.

11.15am | The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, is closing its doors “until further notice”.

10.52 am | Greece, famous for its museums and archaeological sites, announced on Friday their closure across the country due to the risk of contamination by coronavirus.

10.40am | The Boston Marathon, scheduled to take place on April 20, is postponed for the first time in 124 years.

10:33 am | Schools, CEGEPs and universities in the province will be closed for at least the next two weeks.

No pupil or student in the public education system should go to class in the coming days, our sources said.

10:19 am | The Federation of Interveners in Early Childhood of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ) suspended all of its family pressure tactics on Friday due to the progress of the COVID-19 file.

10:09 am | The House of Commons adjourned until April 20 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

10:06 | The prestigious Masters Tournament, the first stage of the golf grand slam, has been postponed to a later date.

10:03 | The College of Physicians authorizes nurses to sign a 14-day work stoppage for patients who have received a positive result at COVID-19.

9.50am | Ukraine announced its first death from the coronavirus on Friday, from just three officially reported cases.

The 71-year-old woman was hospitalized the previous day in the Zhytomyr region (northwest) with pneumonia, said Viktor Liachko, deputy health minister.

9:40 am | The Austrian government announced Friday that non-essential shops will be closed from Monday, while cafes and restaurants will close at 3 p.m. daily

9:35 am | The New York Stock Exchange soared Friday at the opening, rebounding sharply in the aftermath of its worst session since the stock market crash in October 1987.

9:25 am | Spain has registered 120 deaths and more than 4,200 cases of contamination by the new coronavirus, government health services announced on Friday.

Head of government Pedro Sanchez was scheduled to give a press conference earlier this afternoon after the release of these figures, which mark a further leap in the spread of the epidemic. The previous evening, the death toll was 84 dead and 3,004 cases.

8.50am | The Disney group decided on Thursday to close its famous amusement parks in California, Florida and near Paris this weekend until the end of March “as a precautionary measure” against the coronavirus epidemic.

8:30 am | The state of Ohio may already have more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, said an official with health authorities in the northern state of the United States.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday alongside Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton said the state is recording “community” transmissions of the virus, that is to say locally within the population, and not via people who have traveled to infected areas.

8:10 am | The Olympic Torch Relay has been stopped in Greece due to overcrowding.

8h | The organizers of the Quebec Cross Country Skiing World Cup announce the cancellation of the event, while many teams have been repatriated by their federation, including that of Canada.

7:50 am | The Czech government has announced that the country’s borders will be closed to foreigners wishing to enter the country as well as to Czechs wishing to travel abroad, effective Monday.

7h | Iran announced on Friday 85 new deaths from the new coronavirus, the heaviest death toll in a day since the start of the epidemic in the country, one of the most affected in the world.

5:45 am | A second case of COVID-19 was declared Thursday evening in Estrie. This new case brings the number of Quebecers affected by the new coronavirus to 18.

5:30 am | The climate march planned for Saturday in Paris and other actions scheduled to take place on Friday on the same theme were canceled by the organizers due to the crisis of the new coronavirus.

22h, Thursday | Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, has COVID-19, which she tested positive on Thursday.


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