Friday , January 15 2021

Developments on COVID-19 of 27 November 2020

Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis that has been hitting people, governments and the economy for several months.



Cases: 61 592 095
Dead: 1,441,936
Restored: $39,416,733


Case: 13 088 282
Dead: 264,844
Restored: 4,947,446


Quebec: 138,163 cases (6984 deaths)

Ontario: 111,216 cases (3,595 deaths)

Alberta: 53,105 cases (519 deaths)

British Columbia: 30,884 cases (395 deaths)

Manitoba: 15,632 cases (280 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 7691 cases (44 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 1266 cases (65 deaths)

New Brunswick: 477 cases (7 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 331 cases (4 deaths)

Nunavut: 159 cases

Prince Edward Island: 70 cases

Yukon: 42 cases (1 death)

Northwest Territories: 15 cases

Repatriated Canadians: 13 cases

Total: 359,064 cases (11,894 deaths)


22h28 | Mexico: daily record of coronavirus contaminations

Mexico on Friday set a new daily record for coronavirus contaminations, with 12,081 cases detected in one day, for a total of 1,090,675, health authorities announced.

21h30 | Los Angeles temporarily bans most rallies

Health authorities in the city of Los Angeles, United States, banned most public and private gatherings temporarily on Friday as the curve of new VIDOC-19 contaminations continues to climb.

18h50 | Clear window face cover now allowed

Even though caregivers working with certain vulnerable clienteles will now be able to use face covers with transparent windows, some associations criticize the fact that infants in daycare centres remain the “big forgotten ones”.

18h45 | Outbreak at the Nicolet Containment Site

The Nicolet containment site is affected by an outbreak. This is the most recent outbreak affecting the health network in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region.

18h41 | How to avoid family squabbles this Christmas?

It will be extremely difficult to please everyone at the rallies in December.

18h39 | Screening offered for Air Canada flights in other provinces

Air Canada will offer customers in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta the option of being tested at a pharmacy to avoid the quarantine period required on arrival at certain destinations.

17h47 | A worrisome outbreak at the Brooks Residence in Sherbrooke

The Estrie region passed the 600 active cases mark on Friday and had 91 outbreaks on its territory. Among these outbreaks, the outbreak at the Brooks Residence in Sherbrooke is growing and overworked employees are calling for help to take care of the 37 residents.

17h22 | Ottawa would soon go yellow: Gatineau merchants directly affected

The City of Ottawa could go into the yellow zone as early as December 4, while neighbouring Gatineau will remain in the red at least until January 11, much to the displeasure of local merchants.

CURRENT PHOTO: Every 4 Thursdays/Lévis Marquis

16h49 | Nicolet police cadets in Nicolet reach the goal

The cadets who have been confined to the École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet since the beginning of their training in September are coming to the end of this ordeal.

16h19 | Outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sisters of Charity: a death among the Sisters of Charity

One of the sisters who suffered from COVID-19 at the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec unfortunately passed away in the last few hours, reports the Corporation des services Mallet.

16h10 | Unused tests: teachers want to know why Quebec City is being picky eaters

Quebec doesn’t have the luxury of being picky about the rapid tests sent by Ottawa at a time when there are many service breakdowns in the school system, according to a teachers’ union.

15h38 | 19 active outbreaks in the Lower St. Lawrence region

The increase in VIDOC-19 cases continues in the Lower St. Lawrence. Public health says that we are currently at a crossroads in terms of the epidemiological situation.

Authorities have identified 19 active outbreaks in the Lower St. Lawrence region at this time, a record since the beginning of the pandemic. They are located in residential and care facilities, workplaces, daycare centres and schools.

15h04 | A new type of test will be used in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Photo Stevens Leblanc

Quebec adopts additional measures to stem the second wave of VIDOC-19 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

As of mid-December, rapid screening tests and gargle tests will be available in the region, “which will make us a pioneering region in this field,” said the minister responsible for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Andrée Laforest.

The devices should arrive next week.

14h43 | The conspiracy pastor is in trouble with the IRS…

Pastor Carlos Norbal, whose New Creation Church made the headlines for a mass filled with conspirators last Sunday in Montreal, is in trouble with the Quebec tax authorities.

Revenue Quebec says it registered a legal hypothec on January 23rd on Mr. Norbal’s property in the amount of $43,388.58. This mortgage covered the personal income tax claim for the years 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the QST claim for the year 2017.

14h14 | Air quality in schools: Roberge is being reassuring

Measures have been taken to ensure good ventilation in schools, according to a report submitted to Minister Jean-François Roberge. The assessment of air quality will be known in a second phase.

Stock photo, QMI Agency

13h38 | Immunization: Ottawa appoints major-general in charge

Major-General Dany Fortin of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will be responsible for the federal VIDOC-19 vaccine distribution operation.


12h58 | Holiday Plan: “It doesn’t make sense,” says one doctor.

An infectious disease specialist is highly critical of the Quebec government’s holiday plan, which will allow gatherings of 10 people on two occasions over a four-day period.

Dr. Don Sheppard of the MUHC believes that these are the conditions for a perfect storm that will benefit COVID-19.

“It doesn’t follow science! We know very well that the best way to spread the virus is through contact. And a plan that increases the number of contacts, at a time when we’re over 1000 cases a day, is so dangerous,” he says.

And yet, Premier François Legault insists day after day that he makes his decisions based on public health recommendations.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve known that it takes 14 days to be isolated when you’re exposed to the virus. Why is it suddenly Christmas and it’s seven days? It doesn’t make sense,” he says.

12h26 | COVID-19: Still nearly 150 new cases in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, a critical region for the fight against COVID-19 in Quebec, continues to see its caseload evolve into a roller coaster. After peaking at 211 new cases yesterday, the region is back to where it was at the beginning of the week with 146 new infections.

According to data from the INSPQ, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region has not been below the 100 new cases daily since November 13.

11h41 | Majority of Canadians vaccinated by September


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the majority of Canadians should be vaccinated by September 2021.

Federal health authorities expect that three million Canadians can be vaccinated against VIDC-19 by the end of March 2021.

Approvals for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine candidates are expected to be the first to occur in December.

11h37 | Trump’s “Warp Speed” operation paid off for the whole world…


On May 15, Donald Trump announced an operation to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 before the end of the year, a mission that is now nearly complete and little affected by the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine development milestone, one of six supported by Washington.

“A massive scientific, industrial and logistical enterprise, never before seen in our country since the Manhattan Project” that gave the nuclear bomb, said the president, at the time accused of going it alone and promoting “vaccine nationalism”.

He named the operation “Warp Speed”, a science-fiction term meaning faster than light. Led by an army general and a former GSK laboratory veteran, it combines the expertise of scientists from the Department of Health and defence logisticians.

11h36 | 3,000 cases a day in January if we gather at Christmas?

Are the consequences of holiday family gatherings worthwhile, especially since they could lead to an increase in VIDOC-19 cases as early as January?

More and more messages against the setting up of festivities are being heard. Ontario, which on a per capita basis has fewer cases than Quebec, has banned Christmas gatherings, except for single people who are allowed to join a family member or household.

10h32 | 1855 positive VIDOC-19 cases are reported today, the highest number since the start of the pandemic in Doug Ford’s province.

9h38 | Crazy Friday, “No Crazy”?

Good Friday

Photo Pierre-Paul Poulin

The bargain hunt will have a special flavour this year, pandemic obliges.

While the Retail Council of Canada is hoping for a “No Crazy Friday” in stores, about 44% of Quebecers who want to take advantage of the discounts intend to shop in person.

9h23 | Soon to be a shortage of Christmas decorations

Photo Pierre-Paul Biron

For those who have not yet responded to the invitation to decorate for Christmas, you’d better get started or you may run into empty shelves.

After disinfectants and protective items in the spring, building materials this summer and Mason jars and appliances this fall, Christmas decorations are the latest victims of a pandemic shortage.

“We no longer talk in terms of weeks before a shortage, we now talk in terms of days,” says Patrick Delisle, marketing director for the Canac chain.

9h20 | Hospitals outside the Greater Montreal area could overflow by Christmas, warns INESSS


Although the increase in hospitalizations has been less pronounced in the past week, there may be a shortage of beds in hospitals outside the Greater Montreal area between now and Christmas.

This is what the Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) says, one month before the holiday season and the beginning of the four days when festivities would be allowed according to the “moral contract” proposed to Quebecers by Premier François Legault.

9h04 | Russia has begun vaccinating its military


Russia has begun vaccinating its military against the new coronavirus, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Choigou announced Friday.

In total, more than 400,000 military personnel are to be vaccinated as part of the vaccination campaign launched on the order of President Vladimir Putin, Choigou said, quoted in a Russian Army statement.

To date, more than 2,500 soldiers have been vaccinated, and the number is expected to reach 80,000 by the end of the year, according to the same source.

8h47 | Germany reaches one million contaminations

Germany passed the one million case threshold for VID-CVID-19 on Friday and preparations are accelerating to produce the expected vaccines worldwide, including in India.

Uncertainties remain: the vaccine developed by the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford requires “an additional study”, the group’s chief executive officer said Thursday, after criticism of the results announced. The UK government announced on Friday that it had asked the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) to evaluate the vaccine.

But efforts are increasing to prepare to produce them and vaccinate the population on a large scale.

7h57 | No vaccine for Jair Bolsonaro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he would not be vaccinated against the coronavirus but that the government would “immediately” arrange for the distribution of a regulator-approved vaccine.



7h45 | China sees red and targets Australian wine

China denounces “material injury”: it announced on Friday the imposition of heavy anti-dumping measures against imported Australian wines, increasing its pressure on Australia in a context of growing diplomatic tensions.


7h11 | More than one million unused rapid tests in Quebec


Ottawa cannot stand the fact that the Legault government has been stonewalling and delaying the use of the 1.2 million rapid VIDOC-19 tests that have been sent to it so far.

6h54 | COVID-19 testing: missing a week and a half of school for an invalid test

A father is discouraged after the failure of the COVID-19 screening system in Laval. His daughter missed a week and a half of school due to an invalid test that was never transmitted to her.

5:34 am | Brazil: Bolsonaro will not be vaccinated against the virus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he would not be vaccinated against the coronavirus but that the government would “immediately” arrange for the distribution of a regulator-approved vaccine.

5h11 | He’s the “general” of vaccines.

Unlike the flamboyant former Chief of Staff Rick Hillier, who was chosen to lead the mission in Ontario, it is a little-known career public servant, Jérôme Gagnon, who will lead the historic vaccination campaign in Quebec. Those who knew him nevertheless assure us that we are in good hands.

Jérôme Gagnon

Photos from the faceboo page

2h07 | India to produce over 100 million doses of Russian vaccine

The Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund (RDIF) announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with the Indian pharmaceutical group Hetero for the production of more than 100 million annual doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V.

1:00 a.m. | The United States has been able to anticipate vaccine production

Potential vaccines developed in record time, thanks to colossal investment, but not only that: the United States has taken a head start well in advance,” Loïc Chabanier, a health specialist for the EY consulting and auditing firm, points out in an interview with AFP.

0:00 | Germany passes the one million infected mark

Germany crossed the threshold of one million people tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic on Friday, announced the Robert Koch Institute for Health Surveillance.

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