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Manitoba public health officials announced 74 new cases of COVID-19 and one death on Monday.
The number of daily cases is the lowest since April 6, when there were 62 cases.

The death is a woman in her 60s from the Winnipeg Health Region, linked to the worrying variant B.1.1.7 and the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital 3U4-7.

Two-thirds of the latest cases are in the Winnipeg Health Region, which has reported 50.

The second highest is the Southern Health Region, which has 15. The other health regions – Interlake-Eastern, Northern and Prairie Mountain – each have three.

The numbers are all pointing in the right direction, “however, we are still seeing the effects of this virus,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Public Health Officer for Manitoba.

There are 246 Manitobans still hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighboring provinces, including 73 in intensive care units. Of these, 58 are in intensive care units in Manitoba, while 14 are in Ontario and one in Alberta.

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Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer provides COVID-19 update for Manitoba on Monday, a day after the daily case count fell below 100 for the first time in more than two months.

Dr. Brent Roussin holds a press conference at 12:30 pm CBC Manitoba broadcasts it live here and on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.

The province reported 93 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the smallest one-day increase since April 14, when there were 86.

The number of daily cases followed a downward trend after peaking at 603 single-day cases on May 20.

The seven-day daily average number of cases is now 143. The highest average during the 15-month pandemic was 482, which was recorded on May 22.

As cases decline, the number of people vaccinated in Manitoba is increasing.

As of Sunday, the proportion of eligible Manitobans aged 12 and over who received at least one dose was 71 percent. The proportion fully vaccinated with two doses was 24 percent.

Roussin and Premier Brian Pallister announced on June 10 that while at least 70 percent of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose of the vaccine and 25 percent have received their second dose by the holiday in Canada, most businesses, services and facilities will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity or higher.

However, a number of doctors have urged the province to withdraw that reopening plan, saying it does not take into account the highly contagious delta variant. A single dose of vaccine has low efficacy against the B.1617.2 variant, which the World Health Organization has named delta.

Doctors say the percentage of people fully vaccinated – those with two doses – must be much higher before health orders are relaxed.

Manitoba will almost certainly face a fourth wave of COVID-19 by fall if it follows through on its current plan to reopen, doctors say.

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