[LIVE, JULY 18] All the developments of the pandemic

[EN DIRECT 18 JUILLET] Tous les développements de la pandémie

Whether in Québec or elsewhere on the planet, the pandemic of the COVID-19 disrupts our lives

You will find here all the news throughout the day, this crisis that hit the population, governments and the economy.



Case : 14 127 864
Death : 603 269


Case : 109 523, 57 300 in Quebec

Death : 8837, 5654, Quebec

All the news of the July 18, 2020

11h06 | Quebec reports a new increase in the number of persons reported as positive to the COVID-19. The province registers 158 additional cases and 7 new deaths, bringing the total to 57 300 people infected and 5654 dead.

8: 30am | Virus: 35 million Iranians additional at risk of contamination.

President Hassan Rohani said on Saturday that up to 35 million Iranians additional risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, since the country still does not have herd immunity.

While the number of cases officially registered in Iran amounted to 271 606, Mr. Rohani stated that 25 million of the population (approximately 81 million people) could, however, have been infected since the first cases were reported in February.

“We have not yet reached the point of herd immunity,” said Mr. Rohani, in a meeting televised by the national Committee for the fight against the pandemic, adding that “25 million Iranians could be infected by the disease,” according to a report by the research department of the ministry of Health.

A press secretary of the president said on Twitter a few hours later that “the $ 25 million” referred to ” those who have contracted the virus and have obtained an immunity “.

“We have to assume that 30 to 35 million more are at risk to contamination,” added Mr. Rohani and the country should prepare to see the number of hospitalizations doubled compared to last five months, according to the report.

Mr. Rohani is the first senior iranian seeming to indicate that the country has on the immunity herd to eradicate the virus.

7: 33 | Australia : parliament suspended due to the outbreak of the virus.

The australian parliament has suspended its sessions for two weeks, for fear that the deputies from outbreaks of contamination does not contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, announced on Saturday that the prime minister Scott Morrison.

This measure comes a day after a record of more than 400 new cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne, the second largest city of the country, in spite of the reconfinement decided there are more than a week.

Citing medical advice, the prime minister stated that the government could not ignore the risk that members spread the virus to Canberra. The pandemic remains under control so far in the capital and its region, but cases are increasing in Sydney and Melbourne.

The parliament, whose session was opened on 8 June, is meet, therefore, more before a new session scheduled for August 24.

7h31 | Coronavirus: France does not rule out closure of the borders with Spain.

The French prime minister, Jean Castex has not excluded Saturday, a new closure of the borders with Spain, interviewed during a visit to his town of Prades, in the department the border of Pyrénées-Orientales (south-west), on the recovery of the epidemic COVID in Catalonia.

“We monitor this very closely, here, in particular, because it is a real issue which it is necessary that we discuss with the Spanish authorities,” said Mr Castex, in response to a question on the health situation in Spain and a possible border closure.

In Spain, nearly 4 million inhabitants of the metropolitan area of Barcelona were called in Friday to “stay at home” except for reasons of necessity, due to the increase in cases of COVID-19.

The border between France and Spain had been re-opened on the 21st of June, after three months of a strict containment Spanish side to stem the pandemic.

Spain is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, with more than 28 400 dead.

To READ | Quebec, is it ready for the 2nd wave?

1h05 | protests of caregivers are on the rise in central America, where hospitals are on the verge of collapse, with the exception, for the moment, Costa Rica.

[INFOGRAPHIC] A virus that likes parties.

READING | The first factory of N95 masks in Canada soon in production.

1: 00 am | doctors and experts cast doubt on the capacity of the quebec health system to cope with a second wave of COVID-19, especially if it occurs at the same time as the flu.

1: 00 am | What is the level of reserves of medical equipment in Quebec if a new wave of the COVID-19 occurred ? It is Impossible to know precisely.

0.00 | Three-in-four canadians support the mask-wearing mandatory, which comes into force today in stores and other public places closed in Quebec.

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