Manitoba spends 13 consecutive days without a new COVID-19 case, but caution is advised

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WINNIPEG – Public health officials have announced that Manitoba has no new cases of COVID-19 for the 13th consecutive day. Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health administrator, made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Manitoba has registered 325 cases since the beginning of March. There is currently an active case in Manitoba and 317 people have recovered from the virus.

The death toll remains at seven o’clock.

On Friday, 798 tests were carried out. 1,149 additional tests were performed on Saturday, followed by another 573 on Sunday. The total number of tests in the province is now 71,559 since the beginning of February.

As the province continues to see favorable numbers, Roussin said Manitobans cannot let their guard down and now is not the time to relax on health guidelines like physical distance and constant hand washing.

“This virus is not finished with us and if we do not remain vigilant, we will see more and more cases. So we have to respect the principles that brought us here, ”said Roussin.

“If we are to continue to be successful, if we are to continue to reopen our economy, we must begin to return to the basics that brought us here. ”

Roussin added that Manitoba cannot relax the restrictions too quickly and that people should move to other jurisdictions when the restrictions were lifted too soon.

“The last thing we want to do is back off, we are moving so fast and we end up having to impose restrictions again,” he said.

RESPIRATORY VIRUS STEERING COMMITTEE

Lanette Siragusa, the chief nurse at Shared Health, said health officials are preparing for the next flu season, even if they continue to face COVID-19.

A Respiratory Viruses Steering Committee has been established to help officials prepare for COVID-19 and the flu.

“One of the priorities we are considering is the vaccine strategy that we are going to launch,” said Siragusa. “We are looking to increase the use of vaccines this year. ”

The committee is also examining how to transfer resources to the province.

The committee is co-chaired by Siragusa and Roussin.

PLANNING TO DEDUCE MORE RESTRICTIONS

Roussin said that the number of cases in the province remains low, health officials plan to lift more restrictions in the days and weeks to come.

“We are currently considering helping to ease the restrictions. So i don’t think we’re necessarily going to frame others as a phase but there are still a few things that still need to be closed due to the ordering and we are looking at how we can open them and some other restrictions on easing such as the size of the outdoor groups, “said Roussin.

“We don’t have a specific date, but it’s something we’re working on now. “

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