This happened on November 23, when 546 new infections were announced in Manitoba. Sunday’s update continues a trend in recent days of the kind of high number of cases the province has not seen in months, after 488 cases reported on Saturday and 502 on Friday. Nearly 80% of Sunday’s new cases are again in the Winnipeg health region, which reported 422 infections and a five-day test positivity rate that rose to 13% from 12.6 on Saturday. Provincially, this rate fell from 10.5 to 10.9%.
Manitoba also announced the deaths of three women linked to the highly contagious variant of the B117 coronavirus first identified in the UK
Two were from the Winnipeg health region – one in her 50s and another in her 80s – while the third woman in her 60s was from the Prairie Mountain Health region, the province said in a press release.
The remainder of the new cases are distributed among Southern Health Region (which has reported 40), Prairie Mountain Health Region (34), Interlake East Health Region (27) and Northern Health Region (nine ).
There are now 210 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Manitoba, an increase of 10 since Saturday. Fifty-two of those people are in intensive care, down from two.
Manitoba coronavirus variant figures won’t be updated again until Tuesday. According to the latest update on Saturday, 3,665 cases of the most transmissible strains have been detected in the province, of which 1,345 are considered active, according to Manitoba. online variant dashboard.
These variants now represent at least 38% of the active COVID-19 workload in Manitoba, which stands at 3,499 as of Sunday.
The latest deaths bring the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Manitoba to 993.
The update comes hours after stricter pandemic rules came into effect after the stroke of midnight Sunday in Manitoba.
The latest restrictions ban in-person dining at restaurants and shut down businesses ranging from gyms to lounges. Indoor activities, including church services and sports, are also prohibited for at least three weeks.
No changes to schools were included in the latest public health ordinance, but an impromptu press conference is scheduled for Sunday afternoon to take stock of upcoming changes in classrooms.
The move follows growing calls from parents and teachers to switch to distance learning as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Manitoba.
When the province’s chief public health officer Dr Brent Roussin announced the new restrictions on Friday, he said the province was “actively considering” closing schools but had not yet made a decision.
“We will be able to provide more information on this in the very near future,” he said.
Manitoba has now distributed 557,420 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with about 44 percent of its adult population now partially immune, according to the province’s online Vaccine Dashboard.