[EN DIRECT 26 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: 99 786 313
  • Death: 2 142 224


  • Case: 753,011, including 254,836 in Quebec
  • Death: 19,238, including 9,521 in Quebec


8:59 am | Germany plans to halt flights to its territory.

Germany plans to reduce international air traffic to its territory “to almost nil” in the face of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the interior minister said on Tuesday.

“The danger represented by the various mutations of the virus demands that we within the government examine and discuss drastic measures”, Horst Seehofer told the daily Bild.

Among them, “stricter border controls, in particular with areas considered to be at very high risk, but also the reduction of air traffic to Germany to almost nothing, as Israel is currently doing”, he said. -he adds.

“The public, who accept significant restrictions in Germany” in the face of the pandemic, “expect us to protect them as best we can from an explosion in the number of cases,” said Mr Seehofer.

The daily number of new infections in the country has tended to fall in recent days, below the 10,000 threshold, following further restriction measures planned until mid-February. But the death rate remains high, at around a thousand per day, and the authorities are especially worried about an upsurge to come due to the various mutations of the virus.

According to some media reports, Chancellor Angela Merkel herself raised the possibility of a shutdown or a sharp reduction in international air traffic during a closed-door meeting with her MPs.

7:06 am | Iran approves Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

Iran has licensed Russia’s vaccine against the novel coronavirus, Sputnik V, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, visiting Moscow, said on Tuesday.

“The Sputnik V vaccine was registered in Iran yesterday. It has been approved by our health authorities, and in the near future we hope we can purchase it, as well as start joint production, ”Zarif said at a press conference.

6:21 am | Indonesia passes one million COVID-19 cases.

Indonesia surpassed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to official statistics, as the government launched a massive vaccination campaign to regain control of the rapidly spreading epidemic in the archipelago.

The Southeast Asian country of nearly 270 million people has recorded 1,012,350 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 29,000 deaths, according to figures released Tuesday, but scientists believe the scale of the he epidemic is undoubtedly much larger, given the low number of tests carried out.

“I think we reached one million cases of COVID-19 a long time ago,” Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, told AFP.

“We’re still climbing a mountain, and we don’t know where the top is. It’s a never-ending climb. ”

Since the first cases detected in March, Indonesia has seen a gradual increase in the number of cases which has accelerated in recent weeks, with more than 13,000 new cases announced on Tuesday.

Some hospitals in the country are overwhelmed by patients, especially in the conurbation of the capital Jakarta.

Some patients could not be admitted to intensive care and places to isolate patients are lacking, according to local media. Authorities in the city of Madiun, east Java, this week equipped trains with beds to isolate patients.

5:19 am | German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Tuesday he favored restricting exports of vaccines produced in the EU, as delays in the delivery of COVID-19 remedies accumulate.

5h00 | A COVID-19 outbreak is underway at McGill University residences, where a total of 44 cases were confirmed by management on Monday.

4h24 | Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon said on Tuesday that the novel coronavirus epidemic was over in Tajikistan, a small and very poor country in Central Asia.

1h32 | The Japanese government still intends to mobilize 10,000 doctors and nurses for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in six months, said the minister in charge of the Olympics on Tuesday, although the Japanese medical system is currently saturated with the coronavirus.

1h08 | New Zealand’s borders are expected to remain closed for much of the year while the global impact of Covid-19 vaccination campaigns is measured, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday.

1h00 | A delivery woman with intestinal illness inspired the launch of a petition to convince traders to keep their washrooms accessible to customers during these times of lockdown.

0h00 | COVID-19 may have taken Gérarda and Roger Moisan’s lives, but it will never get the better of their love. Married for 68 years, they recently died a few days apart in Quebec City, unable to live without each other.

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