Manitoba now 3rd of provinces, US states for most cases per capita – fr

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Manitoba now 3rd of provinces, US states for most cases per capita – fr


HALIFAX – Manitoba is currently reporting the third highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in all of Canada and the United States.

According to data tracked by CTVNews.ca, Manitoba has recorded an average daily 252 cases per million people over the past seven days, behind Michigan and Alberta.

COVID-19 cases have been trending upward in the province since March, but have only recently started to increase.

Manitoba’s daily number of cases of 502 on Friday was the highest number of infections the province had seen since November, while intensive care beds remain in high demand.

In response to the latest staff increase, provincial health officials lowered the age of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines again, after lowering the age to 40 on Friday.

All Manitobans aged 35 and over can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For First Nations, the age of eligibility remains at 18 years and over.

The province also announced “significant restrictions” coming Sunday, which will include widespread business closures and ban community, cultural and religious gatherings.

Dr Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced the changes to the public health measures Friday evening and said they will remain in effect until May 30.

“We need to act now,” Roussin said. “I know Manitobans have done it before, and I know we’ve been doing it for 14 months now, but we need to continue our efforts to keep our numbers low.

Dr. Anand Kumar, associate professor of medicine and microbiology at the University of Manitoba, says the situation in the province’s ICUs is reaching breaking point.

“For the past week, I don’t think we’ve had less than seven province-wide intensive care admissions from COVID-19 in one day. We varied between 7 and 14 admissions each day, ”Kumar told CTV News Channel on Saturday.

Kumar said that before the third wave, he saw ICU admissions from one to two people on a daily basis. Now, he says, many cases are testing the hospital’s capacity.

However, he noted that the current crisis in Manitoba could have been avoided.

“The point is, at every step, we fell behind in the kind of response that was needed at that time. If we had put in place the kind of restrictions we have now a month ago, we wouldn’t be here today, ”Kumar said.

Under the new restrictions, gyms, fitness centers, museums, galleries, libraries and casinos are to close. Restaurants, bars, patios and food court seating areas will be closed for in-person meals, but may still provide take-out.

Outdoor gatherings of different households are limited to five people. Indoor and outdoor private gatherings are still limited to family contact only, except for people living alone who are allowed to bubble with another person.

“We are in a very difficult position now. My feeling and the feeling of many of my colleagues is that we should do everything possible at this point because we have no room for error, ”Kumar said.

“If we can scale up what we’re already doing, that would be my recommendation,” he added.

Kumar said Manitoba should follow other provinces, including Ontario and Alberta, and consider transitioning all schools to online learning. He also recommends that the government close more businesses, including large factories.

“There are several areas where we could increase, but at the moment it looks like we’re going to see what happens,” Kumar said.

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