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Manitoba public health officials have announced 69 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths, including one patient in Ontario.
This is the third consecutive day of two-digit numbers after more than two months of three-digit increases.

Deaths include a man in his 20s from Interlake-East health region, linked to the variant of concern B.1.1.7 (alpha), and a man in his 60s from Southern health region, linked to the same variant .

The other two deaths in Manitoba are women in their 60s from the Winnipeg Health Region. One is related to the alpha variant and the other is related to an as yet unspecified variant.

A spokesperson for Manitoba’s provincial health organization, Shared Health, announced on Tuesday that a man in his 50s, who was transferred to Ontario on May 30 for COVID care, has died.

His death is not part of the current death tally but will be added in the coming days, the spokesperson said.

The total number of Manitobans who have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic is now 1,129, not including the most recent death in Ontario. Of these deaths, 137 were linked to worrisome variants.

There are 33 new cases in the Winnipeg Health Region, 16 in the Southern Health Region, 15 in the Northern Health Region, four in the Interlake-East Health Region and one in the Prairies Mountain Health Region.

The seven-day average fell to 126. The highest average so far during the 15-month pandemic was 482, recorded on May 22.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.6% province-wide (up from eight on Monday) and 6.6% in Winnipeg (down from 6.9).

There are 224 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19, 71 of whom are receiving intensive care. Of these critical care patients, 57 are in hospitals in Manitoba, 13 in Ontario and one in Alberta.

A total of 10 COVID-19 patients from Manitoba have died while in intensive care units outside the province since the first people were sent to Ontario in mid-May.

A total of 57 critically ill COVID patients have been sent out of the province for treatment since May 18. This includes 53 in Ontario, two in Alberta and two in Saskatchewan. Thirty-three have since returned to Manitoba to continue their care, Shared Health said.

The province also announced that COVID outbreaks at the medical unit at Dauphin River Health Center and St. Maurice Daycare in Winnipeg have been declared over.

2nd dead delta

A second death in Manitoba has been linked to the B.1.617.2 – or delta – variant of the coronavirus, the online variant dashboard this.

There is no information on the person or when the death occurred, just an increase in the number of deaths by one.

Last week, Manitoba announced its first delta-related death. The province later said that person died on May 20 but was not initially reported to be related to the variant. It took several days before it was confirmed to be a delta case.

Tuesday’s dashboard also listed 140 new cases of coronavirus variants identified in the past three days. It is not updated on Sundays and Mondays.

The number of cases rose from 14,500 on Saturday to 14,640 on Tuesday.

That includes 69 more cases of the alpha variant and 30 more cases of the delta variant, which doctors say are even more contagious and cause more hospitalizations than the other worrisome variants.

There were seven delta cases in Manitoba on June 4. As of Tuesday, there were 163.

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