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.

Balance sheets


Case: 111 633 620

Dead: 2,471,494


Case: 852 203, whose 282 927 in Quebec

Death: 21,696, whose 10 318 in Quebec


3:59 pm | COVID-19: new outbreak in a CHSLD in Gatineau

Another COVID-19 outbreak occurred at the CHSLD Lionel-Émond in Gatineau even though almost all of the residents were vaccinated against the disease in December.

3:52 pm | COVID-19: a step back in the fight

Some provinces, including Quebec, took a step back or stagnated on Monday in their fight against COVID-19.

3:43 pm | Illegal gathering in the Outaouais: betrayed by a naked stranger

A dozen Ontarians who were partying in a cottage in the Outaouais saw police put an end to their illegal gathering after beating a scorching naked man who wanted to join them on Saturday in La Pêche, north of Gatineau.

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3:38 pm | Places of worship: same treatment as cinemas?

The Archbishop of Sherbrooke, Mgr Luc Cyr, on Monday added his voice to those of religious leaders who are asking to be able to welcome more faithful in places of worship.

3:11 pm | Virus: vaccination has sharply reduced hospitalizations in Scotland

The Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca / Oxford COVID vaccines administered as part of the vaccination campaign in Scotland have resulted in a drop in the risk of coronavirus-related hospitalization in that nation of the United Kingdom, according to a study published on Monday.

This study, led by the University of Edinburgh, indicates that four weeks after the administration of a first dose, the risk of hospitalization was reduced by 85% with the Pfizer vaccine and by 94% with that of AstraZeneca, compared to people who did not receive the vaccine.

Among those over 80, one of the most at-risk groups, the combined preliminary results of the two vaccines show an 81% reduction in hospitalizations.

2:52 pm | Quebec seeks help from businesses for vaccination

The Legault government wants to get ahead by ensuring that private companies will respond when the time comes to vaccinate Quebeckers.

2:02 pm | The largest Dutch restaurant organization said on Monday it is filing a complaint against the government in an attempt to lift the anti-COVID restrictions that have led to bars and restaurants being closed since mid-October.

13:43 | Paraguay launches its vaccination campaign

Some 4,000 first doses are exclusively intended for medical and paramedical personnel who have recorded more than 40 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

“Today is a historic day. We hope to be able to overcome this pandemic ”, declared the Minister of Health, who is also a doctor. He estimates that most of the 7 million inhabitants will be vaccinated before the second half of the year.

13:22 | England: the return of the supporters in the stadiums hoped for from May 17

The British government is targeting a return of supporters to stadiums in England from May 17 if the health situation allows, with a capacity limited to 10,000 people, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday.

1:15 p.m. | Variants: 415 presumptive cases and concern in schools

The presence of variants in Quebec, which is increasingly felt with nearly 415 presumptive cases reported in the province, is causing concern in schools because of the English variant, which is much more contagious in children.

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12h58 | Biden orders half-masted flags to mark half a million deaths

US President Joe Biden will order flags on all federal buildings to be half-masted on Monday to commemorate the imminent crossing of the 500,000 death threshold from COVID-19 in the United States, the White House announced .

12h57 | When will you be vaccinated against COVID-19?

The vaccination campaign has picked up speed in recent days in Canada, so that Quebec can hope to have vaccinated all residents in retirement homes within ten days.

12:35 pm | Hockey Québec – Chaudière-Appalaches cancels its season

The extension of the ban on organized sports forces Hockey Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches to cancel its regional season and to turn to the organization of local activities within the same association when it is possible to do so. .

11:33 am | 643,000 doses of vaccine expected this week in the country

They will be quickly distributed from airports to clinics, hospitals and health care centers across the territory.

This delivery, the largest since the start of the vaccination campaign, comes at the right time for the government of Justin Trudeau.

11:26 am | Major drop in income: sugar shacks cry out from the heart

Data from this association show a drop in income of more than 90% over the past year, due to health measures preventing gatherings. In addition, around forty sugar shacks had to close their doors.

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QMI Agency archive photo, Joël Lemay

11am | 805 new cases and 11 more deaths in Quebec

Quebec reports 805 additional cases and 11 deaths, bringing the total to 282,927 infected people and 10,318 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

10:46 am | Containment: an event is organized to revive sports

The idea is an initiative of Isaac Pépin, a fifth year student at Séminaire Saint-François (SSF). The young athlete has challenged François Legault twice in recent months to discuss the resumption of sport. He invites “student-athletes, all young athletes in Quebec, their parents and all people who have everyone’s health at heart, to unite their voices to his and to come and demonstrate on Sunday March 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. before the National Assembly.

10:02 am | Quebec cultural associations urge the government to act

Reacting to the recent opinions issued by Public Health regarding the opening of venues, the living and performing arts milieu asks the Quebec premier, François Legault, to quickly share his intentions regarding the possible reopening of performance halls, theaters and other cultural venues.

9.45am | WHO boss accuses rich countries of undermining vaccine distribution system in poor countries

The WHO boss on Monday accused some rich countries of “undermining” the COVID vaccine distribution device, Covax, intended in particular for disadvantaged countries, by persisting in approaching manufacturers directly to have access to more doses.

7:55 am | Syria authorizes Russian vaccine Sputnik V against COVID-19.

7:27 am | The coast of the Côte d’Azur partly confined for the next two weekends.

5:57 am | Sanofi to help Johnson & Johnson manufacture vaccine in France

Sanofi will produce in France the vaccine against COVID-19 of its American competitor Johnson & Johnson, as it is also preparing to do for Pfizer / BioNTech, failing to be able to offer at this stage its own vaccine for which it has launched a new clinical trial Monday on volunteers.

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1h | Quarantine at the hotel: people exasperated by the long delays on the phone

Travelers due to land at Montreal-Trudeau airport in the coming days are struggling to speak to an agent on the phone to book and pay for the hotel quarantine imposed by Ottawa.

“I tried to reach the phone number at 9 and 10:30 a.m. [hier] morning. Impossible to have anyone. If I cannot book, I will have to delay my return, ”says Bilal Ghalaini, a resident of La Prairie on the South Shore of Montreal, who has been on a business trip to Dubai and Paris since mid-January. .

1h | Mandatory quarantine: my ordeal to book a room

880 … This is the number of minutes wasted during my weekend, the equivalent of nearly 15 hours, trying to join the line set up by the Trudeau government to book a hotel to start his quarantine.

Our reporter Hugo Duchaine was sent to Florida on Friday to recount the experience of a traveler upon his return with mandatory quarantine. Here is his first report.

1h | Snowbirds: having your car delivered to avoid the mandatory quarantine at the hotel

Snowbirds arriving in the country by plane and wanting to avoid the three-day quarantine at the hotel, mandatory as of today, can do so easily thanks to a sleight of hand offered by a Laval company.

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Photo courtesy Transport KMC

1h | Vaccinated and tanned snowbirds don’t regret

FORT LAUDERDALE | Quebec snowbirds who flew to Florida this winter have no regrets. Even if they rage against the new measures imposed on travelers, most will return to the country already vaccinated, without having lived a hard confinement, and well tanned.

1h | Hasty returns of many travelers to avoid paying the $ 2,000 hotel

Many travelers had no choice but to hurry back yesterday to avoid the mandatory hotel quarantine that begins today.

0h | COVID-19: the husband of an attendant killed by the virus she feared

A patient care worker lives with the strong feeling of having “killed” her husband, after having probably transmitted COVID-19 to him without wanting to.

“He could have done a bit more with me, but it was COVID that finished him,” laments Guylaine Minier, 62, still very saddened by the loss of her husband for the past 27 years.

0h | Quebecers delay hospital visit due to COVID-19

People with symptoms of cardiovascular problems are still reluctant to go to hospital for fear of catching COVID-19.

The phenomenon first made headlines in March at the start of the pandemic. “We still see this fear throughout the province,” says cardiologist Isabelle Nault of the University Institute of Cardiology and Pulmonology of Quebec (IUCPQ).

0h | Children’s dreams: the pandemic is destroying thousands of dreams

Since the start of the pandemic, the Make-A-Wish / Children’s Dream Foundation has had to postpone 145 dreams to Quebec and 4000 to Canada – since the majority consisted of travel – in addition to creating a shortfall of eight million. $ due to the cancellation of many fundraising events.

“All the dream trips are postponed, but also, in the categories of dreams that we will not be able to achieve this year, we add swimming pools, trailers and spas, due to lack of availability,” said Marika Lapointe, consultant in communication for the Foundation.


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