[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER] All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

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Here you will find all the news related to this crisis which has hit the population, governments and the economy for several months.


  • Case: 95 121 791
  • Death: 2,032,516


  • Case: 708,619, including 242,714 in Quebec
  • Death: 18,014, including 9,055 in Quebec

All the news for Monday, January 18, 2021

6:27 am | Over 40 million doses of vaccines administered worldwide

To date, at least 60 countries or territories, which represent 61% of the world’s population, have launched their vaccination campaign. But 11 countries concentrate 90% of the injected doses.

Israel is by far the most advanced country in proportion to its population: 2.43 million doses have been administered to 2.12 million people (24.5% of the population). Some 3.6% of Israelis have already received the two doses needed for optimal protection.

[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

6:22 am | China confines 3 million more inhabitants

China on Monday confined an additional three million people in the northeast of the country, after new cases of COVID-19 linked to a sales representative who had contact with the elderly.

[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

5:45 am | Malawi: first restrictions to fight COVID-19

The very first set of restrictions to fight the COVID-19 epidemic came into effect Monday in Malawi, where cases are skyrocketing, the head of state announced, overriding a court ruling that has so far prohibited all containment.

Unlike other countries on the continent, daily life has not changed in this southern African country, since in April the country’s high court (which serves in particular as a constitutional judge) blocked a containment decision taken by the government.

4h20 | Emirates launches vaccination program for thousands of employees

Dubai’s airline group Emirates announced on Monday a vaccination program against the novel coronavirus of its staff based in the United Arab Emirates, which has tens of thousands of employees.

“The vaccination campaign began this (Monday) morning, with priority given to frontline workers, including aircrews, pilots and other employees,” the group said in a statement.

[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

3:07 am | In the midst of a pandemic, Dubai attracts tourists fleeing lockdowns

Neither quarantine nor curfew: the number of contaminations may increase, Dubai keeps its doors wide open to tourists fleeing the confinements imposed across the world to contain the pandemic of new coronavirus.

While other tourist destinations apply heavy restrictions to control the health crisis, the rowdy Gulf Emirate vibrates to the sound of the hubbub of trendy bars and to the rhythm of photos of skyscrapers or desert shared on Instagram.

[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

2h42 | Australian Open: tennis stars will not benefit from “any preferential treatment”

World number 1 Novak Djokovic, who traveled on a flight in which no case has been identified and is thus authorized to train, allegedly sent a list of requests to the organizers of the tournament in which the right to settle in private homes equipped with a tennis court.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has rejected the request, saying authorities will not reverse the measures put in place.

[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

1h58 | The Japanese Prime Minister, in decline, tries to regain his footing

The Japanese Prime Minister on Monday pledged to tackle head-on the worrying increase in COVID-19 cases in his country and to restore a normal situation “as soon as possible”, while his handling of the crisis is strongly critiqued.

1h | Mandatory quarantines … hardly monitored

Quebecers returning from a trip abroad are unimpressed by the government’s automated calls to ensure that they are complying with the quarantine rules.

“It’s a robotic call asking you a few questions. But even if I was called and I was at the grocery store, for example, I could press the 1 to answer that “yes”, I am at home, ”says Diane Champagne, in quarantine after a trip to France. Dominican Republic.

[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

0h | Parents refuse to let their children go back to school

Since the announcement of the return to class on January 6, 314 additional home schooling requests have been accepted by the education ministry, according to data as of January 14.

In total, there are now nearly 12,200 homeschooling children this year, roughly twice as many as last year.

0h | Decline in cases: is the second wave running out of steam in Quebec?

Without being able to conclude that the second wave is breaking, the efforts are bearing fruit in Quebec City and in the region with a significant slowdown in the spread. A direct result of compliance with measures during the Holidays, experts say.

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[EN DIRECT 18 JANVIER 2021]  All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

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