Friday , January 15 2021

[EN DIRECT 28 NOVEMBRE 2020] All developments of the COVID-19 pandemic

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.



Case: 61 743 588

Deceased: 1 444 648


Case: 356,240, 138,163 in Quebec

Death: 11,856 deaths, 6984 in Quebec


7:38 am | Germany: anti-virus restrictions perhaps until spring.

Restriction measures to combat the coronavirus are likely to last until spring in Germany, the Economics Minister warned in an interview on Saturday.

“We have three or four long winter months ahead of us,” Peter Altmaier told the daily Die Welt.

“Much will depend” on the arrival of a vaccine, he said. But “it is possible that the restrictions may continue into the early months of 2021 as well,” he added.

Germany, which has weathered the pandemic rather better than many of its neighbours but is currently struggling to contain the second wave of Covid-19, decided on Wednesday to step up its measures against the virus.

The aim is to further reduce the opportunities for contacts until the beginning of January, by limiting the number of participants in family meetings to five, for example, with exceptions for the festive season.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had justified this new turn of the screw to the members of Parliament by the still “too high” level of new infections, even though they were “dropping at high speed in some neighbouring countries”, without mentioning them.

France, which in November was subject to more severe reconfinement than Germany, is one of the countries where daily cases have fallen sharply. The country decided to gradually ease its restrictions.

In Germany, new daily cases still exceeded 21,000 on Saturday, while the number of deaths increased in 24 hours by 379, for a total of 15,965, according to the Robert Koch Institute for Health Surveillance.

READING | After almost nine months of this pandemic, we are finally starting to receive news that gives us an optimistic view of the future: a vaccine, in the not too distant future, that should neutralize this coronavirus that has profoundly changed our lives.

7h06 | Many Quebecers took advantage of Good Friday to visit shopping malls, where it was sometimes difficult to maintain physical distance despite the surveillance of security guards and some police officers.

5h10 | The 400,000 dead mark for Covid-19 was passed on Saturday in Europe, the second most affected region in the world, part of which will reopen its stores this weekend as the festive season approaches.

3h27 | Germany: One of the world’s largest “hubs” is preparing to transport the vaccine.

1h09 | Sputnik V: Hungary also stands apart in vaccines.

0h36 | Many citizens were on fire on the web on Friday, denouncing the large participation in Good Friday in shopping malls that many consider “illogical” and “irresponsible” in the context of the pandemic.

0H00 | The lack of symptoms in the majority of patients and competition between studies to test drugs for VIDOC-19 has led to a shortage of guinea pigs in Canada.

[CHRONIQUE] Beyond the vaccine, here’s another important breakthrough on COVID-19.

0h00 | CHSLD residents and health care workers will be the first to be vaccinated against VID19 when Canada receives its first doses in early 2021. But after that, the choices may be more complicated to make, experts say.

0h00 | Dr. Guy Boivin and his team at the CHU de Québec say they have discovered two molecules that are “as good as, if not better than” remediating to fight VID19.

Dr. Guy Boivin

Archive photo, Didier Debusschère

Dr. Guy Boivin

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