[EN DIRECT 23 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: 98 559 175
  • Death: 2 116 101


  • Case: 741,468, including 252,176 in Quebec
  • Death: 18,956, including 9,437 in Quebec

All the news for Saturday 23 January 2021

5:04 pm | COVID-19: A rapid test developed in Canada is approved

A rapid COVID-19 test developed by an Ottawa company, which delivers results in less than an hour, was approved by Health Canada on Saturday. This test may in particular facilitate screening in remote regions.

4:45 p.m. | About 181,000 owners of small and medium-sized Canadian businesses affected by the pandemic are planning to close permanently.

4:17 pm | After 11 months of health crisis, the most populous province in Canada, Ontario, has finally overtaken Quebec in the number of cumulative cases of COVID-19.

3:31 pm | COVID-19: Curfew comes into effect in the Netherlands

The Netherlands began its first curfew since World War II on Saturday in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

From 9 p.m. (3 p.m. in Quebec), it is forbidden to leave your home until 4:30 a.m. (10:30 p.m. in Quebec), with the curfew to be renewed every evening at least until February 9.

Any violator faces a fine of 95 euros, said the Dutch government.

Certain exemptions are possible, in particular for people returning from funerals or those having to work during the curfew, but on condition that they present a certificate of displacement.

Dog owners are allowed to go outside without having to present a certificate.

3:29 pm | Health officials confirmed on Saturday that the British variant was detected at a long-term care home in Barrie, Ont., Where a dramatic COVID-19 outbreak has been wreaking havoc for the past two weeks.

[EN DIRECT 23 JANVIER 2021]    All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

Roberta Place website screenshot in Barrie

3:29 pm | After Pfizer, AstraZeneca: Delays in COVID-19 vaccine deliveries worry Europe

Following the delays announced by Pfizer in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, the similar announcement from AstraZeneca worries Europe, where some countries are even forecasting up to 80% fewer deliveries than expected.

The deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine in Europe – subject to its approval, scheduled for January 29 – will be smaller than expected, due to a “drop in yield” at a manufacturing site, the British group said Friday evening to AFP.

The European Commission had initially reserved up to 400 million doses of the vaccine.

This announcement immediately aroused “the deep discontent” of the European Commission and the Member States, indicated on Twitter the European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides, while insisting on “a precise timetable of delivery”.

“Very, very bad news,” lamented Austrian Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober. “We are not prepared to accept it and we will fight” so that the deliveries are “caught up as soon as possible”, he said. Austria is expected to receive only “340,000 doses” of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in February, he said, up from 650,000 initially expected.

3:19 pm | Virus: agreement in Uruguay for vaccines from Pfizer and Sinovac laboratories

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou announced on Saturday that his country had reached agreements with US laboratories Pfizer / BioNTech and Chinese Sinovac for the purchase of 3.5 million doses of coronary heart disease vaccines.

He also said during a press conference that his country was “in negotiations with three other laboratories” to acquire more doses.

“The agreement with Pfizer / BioNTech and Sinovac consists of two million doses in the first laboratory and 750,000 million in the second,” said the Uruguayan president, hoping for a first delivery in March.

According to the government, the country of 3.5 million people will invest around $ 120 million to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines.

Uruguay is one of the Latin American countries furthest behind in launching vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus epidemic, which has seen a sharp upsurge since November in the small South American country.

Some 1,186 new cases of contamination were recorded on Friday, according to health authorities, the second highest figure in 24 hours since the start of the epidemic, and 17 deaths, a record in a single day.

In total, 36,170 cases of contamination and 364 deaths have been recorded since the start of the epidemic.

2:07 pm | Thousands of people marched through several Brazilian cities on Saturday to protest the delay in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and demand the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro for his handling of the pandemic.

13:38 | The researchers behind the Montreal Heart Institute (ICM) study on the effects of colchicine on patients with COVID-19 considered the results so important that they wanted to share them on the as quickly as possible.

13:34 | Police officers from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) on Saturday morning put an end to two other gatherings that brought together dozens of people in synagogues in the Outremont borough, bringing the number of their exits to three. in this sector of the metropolis in less than 24 hours.

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13h00 | Lombardy, the economic heart of northern Italy, was confined and wrongly classified as a “red zone” for a week due to erroneous regional statistics, but a government decree signed on Saturday corrected the situation.

12:09 am | Virus: new records in Portugal on the eve of the presidential election.

On the eve of Portugal’s first round of presidential elections, the country on Saturday set new daily records for contagions and deaths from the coronavirus, the national health authority said.

With 274 additional deaths recorded in 24 hours, the total death toll surpassed the threshold of 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday.

The 15,333 daily contaminations detected also represent a new high since the start of the pandemic for this country of around ten million inhabitants.

Before the release of the latest figures, Portugal already had over 80,000 contagions in the past week, placing it first in the world in terms of the number of new cases relative to its population, surpassed only by the British enclave of Gibraltar , according to data collected by AFP from national authorities.

The Portuguese, subjected for ten days to a second general confinement, are called to the polls on Sunday to elect their president.

According to polls, the outgoing head of state, moderate conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is expected to be re-elected in the first round.

In the current health context, candidates and observers fear a record abstention, which could be around 70%.

11:34 am | France crosses the threshold of one million vaccinated against COVID-19.

One million French people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday, nearly a month after the laborious start of the vaccination campaign in France.

“To all our caregivers, to all our elected officials, to all the staff and agents of the prefectures, regional health agencies and health establishments, to all those who join forces in this exceptional vaccination campaign: thank you” , he then wrote on Twitter.

The government had set itself the target of reaching one million French people vaccinated by the end of January.

The slow start of the campaign, which began on December 27, drew much criticism and prompted the government to expand the audiences eligible for the vaccine more quickly than expected.

On Saturday morning, Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told France Inter that France aims to vaccinate “15 million people” by June. “I am reasonably confident that this goal will be exceeded,” she added.

For its part, the High Authority for Health (HAS) qualified Saturday as “reasonable” the possibility of spacing the injection of the two doses of the Covid vaccines by six weeks (instead of three to four weeks currently), in order to protect the most vulnerable and face the “epidemic outbreak”.

11:03 am | Quebec has 1,685 new cases and 76 new deaths linked to the virus.

10:50 am | Is the UK variant of COVID-19 really more deadly as announced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson? This is the question Jacques Lapierre, retired virologist, asked himself on Saturday.

10:45 am | More than $ 20,000 of tickets were handed over the night from Friday to Saturday to about fifteen young people, including minors, following an illegal gathering in a house in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, in Estrie.

5:18 am | Faced with the devastating pandemic of the new coronavirus, a citizens’ crowdfunding initiative in Malawi raised 100,000 dollars in one week to increase resources to fight COVID-19 in public hospitals.

[L’HEURE JUSTE] No, travel was not banned.

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5h13 | The Norwegian government on Saturday announced semi-containment measures, the strictest since the start of the epidemic, in Oslo and its region after the detection of cases of the English variant in a locality near the capital.

4h00 | While some do not hesitate to cry out for “dictatorship”, the health instructions in Quebec remain relatively permissive compared to what other democracies in the world have applied at one time or another during the pandemic.

3h54 | Thousands of residents of one of Hong Kong’s poorest and densely populated neighborhoods were ordered overnight Friday to Saturday to stay at home as part of the first lockdown ordered by authorities since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

2h52 | Health Canada and the company Atoms F.D Inc. recalled on Friday “anti-microbe” disinfectants that have been distributed in several Quebec schools and that could present risks to the health of children.

1h00 | The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is just starting and is already experiencing hiccups in a Brazil in the middle of the second wave, and which will quickly run out of doses, components and even syringes, scientists warn, blaming the government.

0h00 | Researchers from the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) obtained funding of $ 100,000 from the university establishment to carry out a research project that would make it possible to see if it is possible to detect potential pathologies in a patient. newborn by analyzing placentas.

0h00 | The pandemic is apparently not all bad. Quite the contrary. The clothing retailer Point Zéro even intends to take advantage of the context to increase its presence across Canada.

Courtesy photo

“In the current state of the economy, there is not one that can resist,” said Maurice Benisti, CEO of the Benisti Group, behind the Point Zéro clothing brand.

Our columnists speak out

It’s going to be bad before it gets better … —> Remi Nadeau

Don’t ask me “how are you?” —> Denise Bombardier

Travel: should we imitate New Zealand? —> Antoine Robitaille

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