Whether in Quebec or elsewhere on the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting our lives for nearly a year.
Here you will find all the news throughout the day related to this crisis affecting the population, governments and the economy.
LAST REVIEW 11:20 p.m.
Case: 108 791 798
Case: 27 639 455
Ontario: 285,868 cases (6,693 deaths)
Quebec: 276,790 cases (10,214 deaths)
Alberta: 128,824 cases (1,780 deaths)
British Columbia: 72,750 (1,288 deaths)
Manitoba: 30,766 cases (871 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 26,550 cases (354 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,593 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 1,400 cases (22 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 697 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 303 cases (1 death)
Prince Edward Island: 114 cases
Yukon: 71 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 38 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 825,777 cases (21,293 deaths)
22:52 | Capitale-Nationale: an intensivist suggests waiting before deconfining
After having mentioned a possible return to the orange zone on February 22, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale has some caveats, while an intensivist believes that it would be “wise” to extend the current measures until the return of the week of released.
22:20 | Many career changes among young people
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced awareness and, above all, a questioning among many people. In doing so, many young people have completely revised their career plans.
8:25 pm | Faced with closed schools, family education explodes in the United States
Family Education (IEF) has exploded in the United States with the pandemic, which forced schools to close in March 2020.
6:31 pm | Door handles removed at a senior center
An Ontario seniors’ care center has found itself in turmoil after removing doorknobs to prevent some of its patients from walking around amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
6:25 pm | Ottawa accused of preventing provinces from buying their own vaccines
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister on Sunday accused the Trudeau government of colluding with the big drug companies so that they could not sell vaccines directly to the provinces.
5:50 pm | Fifteen million vaccinations in the UK: the recipe for success
Vaccinate 15 million people before mid-February: the goal seemed far too ambitious when it was announced, but the bet is successful. To achieve this, the United Kingdom has mobilized scientists, caregivers, but also its army and thousands of volunteers.
4:39 pm | The variants are more present than you think, warns an expert
Despite the encouraging data in recent weeks, Quebec is not immune to a new explosion of COVID-19 cases, experts warn, in particular because of the still unknown prevalence of variants in the province.
3:49 p.m. | Pfizer vaccine 94% effective according to Israeli study
Israel’s leading health insurer said on Sunday that Pfizer / BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine was 94% effective according to a study of more than one million people vaccinated.
3:38 pm | The exhaustion of the second wave continues
Quebec and Ontario continued to improve their lot on Sunday with further declines in the number of hospitalizations linked to COVID-19.
2:54 pm | Italy blocks reopening of ski resorts
Italy has decided to keep ski resorts closed which were to reopen on Monday due to the progression of variants of the coronavirus, including the British variant, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.
2:16 pm | Land border: compulsory test from Monday
As of Monday, snowbirds who plan to return to the country by land will have to have passed a drug test at least three days before.
13:28 | Calls for the murder of an Ontario public health official
Calls for the resignation, if not outright murder, of the public health official for the Niagara region of Ontario sparked a wave of convictions over the weekend.
Last Friday, the Ontario government announced that the Niagara region will remain under the Stay-at-Home Order in effect in the province from Dec. 26 through Feb. 16, when the vast majority of the province can come back to life, with various restrictions. Only Toronto and the regions of Peel and York will also remain in full containment, along with the district of North Bay Parry Sound.
12:39 | A party in the streets of Saint-Pascal for Valentine’s Day
The streets of the town of Saint-Pascal in Bas-Saint-Laurent turned into a dance floor on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Saturday.
The city wanted to get its population moving by allowing them to spend a beautiful evening despite the pandemic. This is how DJ Dan Desnoyers offered a performance of more than 1h30 to citizens.
11am | 15 deaths registered in Quebec
Quebec is reporting 910 additional cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths, bringing the total to 276,790 infected people and 10,214 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Yesterday, the province recorded 1,049 infections and 33 deaths.
THE SITUATION IN QUEBEC AS OF FEBRUARY 14, 2021
– 276,790 people infected (+910)
– 10,214 deaths (+15) *
– 805 people hospitalized (-7)
– 132 people in intensive care (+2)
– 276,790 are restored
– The withdrawals made on February 12 amounted to 28,404, for a total of 6,287,664
– 1,561 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of 293,944
* The total number of deaths stands at 10,214 due to the withdrawal of 2 deaths for which the investigation has shown that it was not attributable to COVID-19
10am | The United Kingdom, which began its vaccination campaign on December 8, has succeeded in vaccinating 15 million vulnerable people, almost a quarter of its population, thus achieving its objectives.
8:14 am | A product from here for classrooms without ventilation
Two Quebec entrepreneurs are convinced of having developed a portable air purifier perfectly suited to classrooms and even claim to have aroused the government’s interest.
Anthony Fasciano and Enrico Di Pietro, building mechanical engineers, are at the head of the Eode Group, which distributes ventilation and air cleaning products, including those from the American firm GPS using the principle of ionization .
8:12 am | Vaccines against variants authorized more quickly
Mike Fouque – stock.adobe.com
The European Union, accused of slowness in managing the Covid pandemic, will speed up the authorization procedure for improved vaccines to respond to variants of the virus, the Health Commissioner announced on Sunday.
“We analyzed the procedure with the European Medicines Agency and we have now decided that a vaccine improved by a manufacturer to fight against new variants based on an already existing vaccine” and certified “will no longer have need to go through all the authorization stages, ”she told the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine published on Sunday.
7:55 am | Germany tries to keep variants outside its borders
Germany partially closes its borders with the Czech Republic and Austrian Tyrol on Sunday in an attempt to contain the spread of the very contagious variants of the coronavirus.
“Fixed checkpoints” at the borders concerned are thus set up, like the one installed at Kiefersfelden (Bavaria), on the border with Austria.
7:52 am | Vaccines: the UN Security Council enters the debate
At the initiative of the United Kingdom, which prides itself on having put in place an effective vaccination process, the UN Security Council will discuss access to vaccines against Covid-19 on Wednesday and must address several issues likely to divide its members.
How to ensure their global distribution and prevent them from being preempted by the rich countries of the northern hemisphere at the expense of the southern hemisphere? Should priority be given to the vaccination of peacekeepers mobilized in some fifteen operations and members of UN agencies, including in countries that do not have access to vaccines? And who should do it: the UN, the country of origin or the country of deployment?
7:46 am | Bariatric surgeries: long negotiations with the private sector
Administrative hassles, which lasted more than four months, only increased the waiting list for bariatric surgeries in Quebec.
While the government boasts of having agreements with private clinics, the government machinery has put sand in the gear.
6:16 am | Stuck abroad while her dad is dying
The interminable process of returning to the country and the compulsory quarantine of two weeks upon arrival could well prevent a Quebecer who lives in Australia from witnessing the last moments of her dying father.
Last December, a little over two years after learning that he was suffering from three simultaneous cancers, Patrice Giguère, 50, learned that his disease had progressed too much and that there was no longer possible treatment.
6:08 am | COVID-19 vaccine: the new criterion on dating applications
The mention “vaccine” or “vaccinated” would become the new important criterion to be specified in the profiles of dating applications, said a British media on Friday.
6:01 am | Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine soon to be tested on children
A new clinical trial in the UK plans to test the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 in children.
5h34 | UK enters new phase of vaccination campaign
On the verge of reaching its goal of vaccinating 15 million priority people against the coronavirus, the United Kingdom is embarking on a new phase of its campaign, targeting people over 65.
5:23 am | Japan approves first vaccine, five months from Olympics
Japan on Sunday gave its first green light to a vaccine against the coronavirus, that developed by Pfizer, paving the way for the launch of a vaccination campaign five months before the opening of the Summer Olympics.
2h04 | New Zealand establishes immediate lockdown in Auckland
The New Zealand Prime Minister on Sunday ordered a three-day lockdown in Auckland after the discovery of a new source of coronavirus contamination.
File photo, AFP
0h46 | Vaccines: the UN Security Council enters the debate
At the initiative of the United Kingdom, which boasts of having an effective vaccination process in place, the UN Security Council will discuss access to COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday and must address several issues likely to divide its members