[EN DIRECT MERCREDI 27 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: 100 381 254
Death : 2 160 783


Case: 757,025, 256,002 in Quebec

Death: 19 404, 9577 in Quebec

All the news for Wednesday, January 27

10h26 | China is increasingly using rectal COVID-19 screens to test at-risk subjects and travelers arriving from abroad, a more reliable method but criticized by Internet users.

TO READ | The government of François Legault complies with the decision of Judge Chantal Massé of the Superior Court of Quebec to exempt the homeless from the curfew in effect in Quebec until February 8.

10h04 | Éduc’alcool advises heavy drinkers to reduce alcohol consumption before being vaccinated against COVID-19.

9:54 am | Argentina’s government has forced airlines to reduce the frequency of flights to and from Europe, the United States, Brazil and Mexico, to limit the spread of COVID-19, with the country seeing a rise in deaths and new cases.

“Airlines operating from and to the United States, Mexico and Europe must modify their offers to reduce the number of weekly flights by 30%”, a proportion rising to 50% for flights operating with Brazil , the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

This measure, in force since Wednesday, will begin to apply from February 1.

Flights to and from Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia and the United Kingdom have already been suspended since December as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of the disease.

The ANAC indicates that the Argentine government “will conduct a periodic review of the epidemiological situation with a view to re-establishing passenger entry as soon as possible”.

Argentina, a country of 44 million people, has recorded 10,409 new cases and 219 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1.9 million cases and more than 47,000 deaths.

Several Latin American countries, which had gradually reopened their airspaces from October to revive tourism, took similar measures in the face of a second wave of contamination initiated in November.

Peru, which suspended flights from Europe on December 21, this week extended this suspension until February 14, along with a ban on flights from Brazil.

In Bolivia, travelers from Europe are banned from entry from December 25 until February 15.

9h25 | More than 18,000 deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in 24 hours around the world, a new record, according to a count made on Wednesday by AFP from reports communicated by health authorities.

9:17 am | A “very tight” confinement among the scenarios considered in France.

The French government is studying several scenarios to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including that of a new strict containment, the current curfew not being effective enough according to the executive on Wednesday.

These “scenarios” go “from maintaining the current framework to very tight confinement,” explained government spokesman Gabriel Attal, after the Council of Ministers and a health defense council.

If President Emmanuel Macron asked for “additional analyzes” on these different scenarios before deciding, “the maintenance of the current framework seems unlikely”, recognizes Mr. Attal.

France has been alternating since the end of October between curfew and confinement, according to the analysis of the spread of the virus, the saturation of hospitals, economic and social needs.

The current regime, in effect for less than two weeks, is that of a 5 p.m. curfew across the country.

The curfew has, according to Mr. Attal, “a relative effectiveness, which is real, but which is not sufficient at this stage”. It “slows down the progression of the virus”, but the latter “continues to progress” while “the variants are developing at a significant rate”, he explained.

The English variant, particularly contagious, represented 9.4% of cases detected in the Paris region between January 11 and 21, according to doctors from the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), for whom its progression augurs an upcoming “very significant” increase in the number of patients.

France “remains in an ambiguous period where the health situation is deteriorating, but not exponentially”, underlines a framework of the majority.

6h44 | Bribery or intimidation: Chinese authorities are putting pressure on families of COVID-19 victims to dissuade them from coming into contact with WHO investigators in Wuhan, say relatives of the deceased.

6:36 am | Vaccines: AstraZeneca refuses an explanatory meeting with the EU on its delays.

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, blamed in Europe for delays in delivery of its COVID-19 vaccine, withdrew from a meeting organized by the EU on Wednesday, while Brussels strongly “contested” the justifications advances by the British laboratory.

Ahead of the EU’s regulatory green light for this vaccine expected on Friday, AstraZeneca announced last week that deliveries would be smaller than expected in the first quarter due to a “drop in yield” at a European manufacturing site.

The group was summoned twice on Monday to explain itself to member states and the European Commission, which is negotiating on behalf of the Twenty-Seven. His justifications were deemed “unsatisfactory” and another meeting was scheduled for Wednesday.

But AstraZeneca “withdrew” from the meeting on Wednesday morning, a senior European official told AFP.

Brussels disputes the explanations provided by the CEO of the group Pascal Soriot in an interview given Tuesday to several European dailies, and in particular denies the principle of reserving the production of British factories to the United Kingdom.

5h06 | The British government is due to announce Wednesday a tightening of border measures to prevent the importation of cases of the new coronavirus, imposing according to the press a quarantine in hotels dedicated to residents in the United Kingdom arriving from countries deemed at risk.

5h00 | Several deputies have ignored the measures to be respected against COVID-19 introduced last summer in restaurants in Quebec, our investigation office discovered.

3h57 | Nightly clashes in Tripoli, the large city in northern Lebanon, pitted security forces against young protesters hostile to health restrictions, the Lebanese Red Cross reported Wednesday at least 45 injured.

3h15 | Hong Kong unexpectedly confined during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday a district of the city whose accesses were closed, the time to test all of its inhabitants.

2h46 | About 100 cases linked to the British variant have been confirmed at a retirement home in Ontario, where a dramatic outbreak of COVID-19 is causing concern.

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