Manitoba announces 431 cases of COVID-19, record 9 new deaths

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Manitoba announced 431 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on Wednesday, as well as a record number in hospital.Wednesday’s total of nine is the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in the province since the pandemic began in March.

Half of the latest deaths are linked to epidemics in nursing homes or hospitals. A total of 123 people have died from the disease in Manitoba.

Records were also set on Wednesday with 218 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 32 in intensive care.

The provincial test positivity rate also increases slightly to 10.7%, another record, and 10.8% in Winnipeg.

Manitoba’s cumulative case count since the start of the pandemic now stands at 9,308 cases – more than seven times more than in early September.

The news comes a day after Manitoba’s premier and chief public health officer announced that the entire province would drop to red, or critical, under the provincial pandemic response system. The change goes into effect Thursday and could last four weeks.

All the deaths announced on Wednesday concern people over the age of 60:

  • A man in his sixties from Winnipeg.
  • A woman in her sixties from the Northern Health Region.
  • A man in his 60s from the Southern Health region.
  • Winnipeg man in his 60s linked to St. Boniface Hospital outbreak
  • Man in his 60s linked to the Parkview Place outbreak in Winnipeg.
  • Man in his 60s linked to the Misericordia Place Personal Care Home outbreak.
  • A woman in her 60s from Interlake East Health Region.
  • Woman in her 80s linked to the Victoria Hospital outbreak in Winnipeg.
  • An 80-year-old man linked to the retirement home on the Seine, nursing home division.

Almost half of Manitoba’s new cases – 252 – have been identified in the Winnipeg area. There are 101 new cases in the Southern Health Region, where Steinbach is located. The number of cases in the city of southeastern Manitoba is growing faster than that of Winnipeg and has become one of the worst in Canada per capita.

Interlake East Health Region recorded another 32 cases, while there were 33 in the Northern Health region and 13 more in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

Manitoba also announced that a record 5,334 COVID-19 tests were performed on Tuesday. Only a third of the tests were carried out the day before.

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