[EN DIRECT VENDREDI 29 JANVIER] All the developments of the pandemic

Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for several months.

Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.



Case: 101 536 128
Death : 2 191 912


Case: 765 726, 258 698 in Quebec

Death: 19 645, 9667 in Quebec

All the news for Friday, January 29

6:38 am | Despite COVID-19, Norway did not experience excess mortality in 2020.

Norway, widely regarded as a successful model for managing the health crisis, has not experienced excess mortality in 2020 unlike many countries, a Norwegian demographer revealed on Friday.

Last year, however a leap year, just under 40,500 people died in the Nordic country, slightly below the annual average (40,700) observed over the past five years, according to (still provisional) figures from Anders Sønstebø, head of the Norwegian Institute for Statistics (SSB).

“At this stage, I do not yet want to conclude definitively on the point” of knowing if the kingdom has experienced “an under-mortality”, “but I believe that one can already exclude an excess of mortality”, a he wrote in an email to AFP.

Based on the average for past years, he said it would have been “reasonable” to expect 40,800 deaths in 2020, the year having counted 366 days.

“The fact that we were more at home last year, that we had less contact with others and therefore less likely to be contaminated by things other than the coronavirus plays a role “Sønstebø said on P4 radio.

“It can also be related to the climate, whether a mild or severe winter has an impact on mortality,” he added.

6:33 am | China exported more than 200 billion masks last year.

China exported some 220 billion surgical masks last year, the Commerce Ministry said on Friday, amid strong overseas demand for medical products against the epidemic.

This spectacular figure corresponds to 40 masks per human being living outside of China.

The first country affected by the coronavirus, China quickly established itself as the world’s leading mask maker, with Beijing not hesitating to use it diplomatically with (high-profile) donations abroad.

China has also exported 2.3 billion protective suits and one billion test kits against the virus, Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming told reporters.

This is for China an “important contribution to the global fight against the epidemic,” he said.

China has generally recovered from the epidemic in terms of health, despite the appearance of several outbreaks of contamination in recent weeks, mainly in the north of the country near Russia, and in the region around Beijing.

The country is one of the few to have posted positive growth in 2020 (+ 2.3%), largely driven by the production of equipment against COVID-19.

4:59 am | Pfizer / BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is unrelated to the reported post-vaccination deaths, and shows no new side effects, the European Medicines Agency said on Friday.

3h26 | Two doctors on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus in one of Greece’s largest hospitals were killed in an avalanche while on a mountain hike, a medical association has announced.

2h36 | Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) finally began on Friday in Wuhan (central China) their field investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which should lead them in particular to sensitive sites.

2h28 | A fire in Bucharest’s main hospital, which treats COVID-19 patients, killed four people on Friday, the Romanian Inspectorate for Emergencies (ISU) said, less than three months after a similar disaster that had devastated an establishment in Piatra-Neamt (northeast), killing a total of 15 patients.

1h11 | At the height of the pandemic in Mexico, crooks capable, among other things, of selling fake vaccines, are actively taking advantage of the distress caused by COVID-19 to enrich themselves on the backs of the sick.

0h00 | The curfew will remain in effect beyond February 8 and the easing of restrictions will be modest due to hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 which remain high, warns François Legault.

Our columnists speak out

Vaccine: Canada victim of lethargy —> Nathalie Elgrably-Levy

Vaccine: there is water in the gas … —> Guillaume St-Pierre

François Legault is tired —> Denise Bombardier

So many billions, but so few vaccines —> Mario Dumont

Soon 10,000 dead: do we realize it? —> Josée Legault

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