[EN DIRECT 22 JANVIER 2021] All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

Here you will find all the news related to this crisis which has hit the population, governments and the economy for several months.


  • Case: 97 592 137
  • Death: 2,093,387


  • Case: 731,450, including 248,860 in Quebec
  • Death: 18,622, including 9,273 in Quebec

All the news for Friday, January 22, 2021

7:16 am | Zinedine Zidane declared positive for COVID-19.

French Real Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane tests positive for COVID-19, the Madrid club announced on Friday.

“Real Madrid announce that our coach Zinédine Zidane has tested positive for COVID-19,” the club said in a brief statement, without giving further details.

7:05 am | Hong Kong: Thousands of residents confined in a neighborhood affected by the virus.

Thousands of residents of one of the poorest and densely populated areas of Hong Kong will be forced overnight from Friday to Saturday to stay at home as part of the first confinement ordered by the authorities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic .

This measure prohibits anyone living in buildings located in a demarcated geographical area, where an increasing number of cases have been recorded in recent days, from leaving their home unless they present a negative test, according to media reports.

The quarantine, which affects some 150 buildings and up to 9,000 people, is due to go into effect at midnight on the night of Friday to Saturday and some 1,700 police officers will be deployed to ensure its compliance, according to the South China Morning Post.

It should not be lifted until the entire population has been tested.

Health officials declined to comment on the information during a press briefing on Friday, but numerous media reported it throughout the day, citing government officials.

Hong Kong was one of the first places on the planet to be affected by the coronavirus after it emerged in neighboring mainland China.

7:00 am | The price of rapid tests halved for disadvantaged countries.

The most disadvantaged countries will be able to have easier access to rapid antigenic tests, a basic tool in trying to stem the COVID-19 pandemic at half the current price, Unitaid announced on Friday.

The agreement between Unitaid and the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics “will increase the capacity of companies that manufacture these rapid antigen detection tests and meet around half of the estimated needs for low and middle income countries and it allows the price to be halved, from 5 to 2.5 dollars each, ”said Hervé Verhoosel, a spokesperson for Unitaid, an international organization hosted by the WHO, during a press briefing by the UN in Geneva.

According to the spokesperson, some 264 million tests could be produced within 12 months of the agreement.

Tests for the detection of COVID-19 infections are a crucial tool for better treatment, but also for better combating the pandemic by detecting sources of infection as early as possible and thus being able to isolate them to prevent further spread of the virus. .

This is particularly true for low- and middle-income countries where healthcare workers are often deprived of access to tests due to the fragility of health systems and dependence on a supply from abroad, Mr. Verhoosel.

Where rich countries administer 252 tests per 100,000 inhabitants each day, this rate is 10 times lower in disadvantaged countries with only 24 tests per day per 100,000 inhabitants. A difference due in part to the lack of means to exploit more sophisticated molecular tests (PCR) and populations that live scattered.

9:59 am | Beijing launched a massive screening of its residents on Friday after a few cases of Covid, some of which have been linked to the English variant, causing huge queues to form in the streets of the Chinese capital.

5:04 am | The Hungarian government announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement to buy “large quantities” of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, although it has not yet been authorized by European health authorities.

1h00 | More than 4,000 Quebecers with cancer would not have been diagnosed in the spring, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals a new government study.

Dr. Mélanie Bélanger claims that the number of surgeries to be repeated is underestimated.

Photo Chantal Poirier

Dr. Mélanie Bélanger claims that the number of surgeries to be repeated is underestimated.

TO SEE AND READ | The DJs are boosted, the sound system spits out the decibels and the revelers are preparing for a sleepless night: the youth of Wuhan is savoring their new-found freedom, when the rest of the world is confined.

1h38 | The total number of deaths caused by the coronavirus in Germany crossed the threshold of 50,000 on Friday, announced the Robert Koch public health institute (RKI), at the time when the country extended until mid-February its anti -Covid.

1h02 | Emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic stronger, and with the United States still in transition, Asia is expected to dominate the World Economic Forum, which this year is abandoning the snows of Davos in favor of a completely virtual format.

0h38 | The Japanese government on Friday approved two bills aimed at strengthening the effectiveness of restrictive measures to combat the coronavirus, which would, if passed as is, impose fines and even prison terms on refractors.

0h00 | Hard hit by the health crisis, hotels have received more than $ 100 million in financial assistance from Quebec since the start of the pandemic.

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