The latest cases bring the total number of cases reported in the province since March to 5,374 and come as Manitoba’s top doctor and head nurse announced the tightening of restrictions in a live COVID-19 update on Friday .
Manitoba health minister hints at tougher rules after record increase in coronavirus cases
“We have begged Manitobans to follow the basics and drastically reduce their contact, and the numbers continue in the wrong direction,” Roussin said.
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“We hope these new restrictions will help stem the spread of this virus to ensure our healthcare system is there for those who need it.
“I hope this is a clear signal to Manitobans, and in particular to the greater Winnipeg area, that we must stay home, keep our distance and make the collective sacrifice necessary to protect all Manitobans.
The province also announced three new deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Manitoba to 65. Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate rose to 8.6% with new cases, according to the Province’s COVID-19 online dashboard.
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In addition to moving the Winnipeg area to Code Red, or Critical, as part of the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response system, Roussin said the rest of Manitoba will go orange, or restricted.
The changes will take effect from Monday, Roussin said.
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Friday’s new cases include 309 cases in Winnipeg, where the five-day test positivity rate rose to 9.7 percent. They bring the total number of active cases reported in the province to 2,737.
Provincial data shows there are currently 104 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 19 in intensive care.
On Thursday – after the province announced a record 193 new cases – Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen hinted that tougher public health measures would likely be expected in the Winnipeg area.
He said the government had analyzed its next steps and added that Roussin would have something to say on Friday.
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Neither Friesen nor Prime Minister Brian Pallister were due to attend Friday’s press event.
Friday’s unprecedented number of new cases follows weeks of increases in numbers across the province.
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Manitoba had experienced 10 straight days on Thursday with a daily case count of 100 or more, and 19 virus-related deaths have been announced since October 21.
Earlier in the week, Siragusa warned that the recent spike in cases was taking a toll on healthcare.
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At the province’s latest COVID-19 press conference on Wednesday, she said the occupancy rate of intensive care beds had risen to 92%. A few dozen surgeries had to be canceled as staff had to self-isolate while awaiting test results, she added.
The greater Winnipeg area is already subject to stricter rules than other areas, with lower public gathering limits and capacity caps in restaurants and lounges.
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The province adopted a color-coded pandemic response system this summer. The Winnipeg area is already in the amber category, forcing some bars to close and other licensed establishments to operate at reduced capacity and close every night at 11 p.m.
If the region is demoted to the red category, the government has a range of options that could include closing non-essential stores, requiring restaurants to only provide take-out and delivery, and forcing schools to stop classroom teaching and move on to distance learning.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and those with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop any symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible, and keeping a distance of two meters from other people if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend using a face mask or non-medical blanket to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can carry the disease. virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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