Manitoba health minister hints at tougher rules after record increase in coronavirus cases – Winnipeg


The Manitoba government is set to tighten restrictions in the Winnipeg area after a record number of new COVID-19 cases.Health Minister Cameron Friesen said the government had analyzed its next steps and that the chief public health officer, Dr Brent Roussin, would have something to say on Friday.

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The province is reporting 193 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday – the highest one-day jump since the start of the pandemic.

Hospital resources are tested with intensive care beds at over 90% of their capacity.

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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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Friesen says these measures have not stopped the number of cases from increasing and that more action is needed.

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“This discussion of what to do next is ongoing right now,” Friesen said Thursday.

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“I’m sure the discussion of what is open and what could be reduced or adjusted will be on Dr. Roussin’s menu as he updates Manitobans tomorrow.

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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.

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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.

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Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont said Thursday he and other politicians had discussed a red category downgrade and how it might affect their work.

“A few days ago, we were already talking about how we were going to run the legislature if it is under Code Red.”

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

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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 stay 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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