7 deaths, 145 new two-day COVID-19 cases reported in Manitoba – .

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7 deaths, 145 new two-day COVID-19 cases reported in Manitoba – .


WINNIPEG – Manitoba is reporting seven deaths and 145 new cases in the past two days in the province.

In the COVID-19 bulletin announced on Friday, Dr Jazz Atwal, the province’s deputy chief public health officer, reported that the province had identified 91 new cases on Thursday and 54 new cases on Friday as of 9:30 a.m. The province did not release a COVID-19 update on Thursday due to Canada Day.

The seven deaths reported on Friday included four deaths related to the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7); A woman in her 50s from Winnipeg, a woman in her 60s from the Southern Health Region, a man in her 60s from the Southern Health Region and a man in her 60s from Winnipeg.

One death, a woman in her 60s from Winnipeg, was linked to an unspecified variant of concern.

The other two deaths, a woman in her 40s from Winnipeg and a man in her 60s from the Southern Health Region, were not linked to variants, according to the bulletin.

The deaths reported on Friday bring the total in Manitoba to 1,147. A death on June 30, a man in his 30s in Interlake-Eastern health region, has been withdrawn due to a data correction.

As of March 2020, 56,306 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Manitoba. Six cases were withdrawn due to data corrections.

Atwal said the average number of cases has been steadily declining in Manitoba.

“Right now, our seven-day average for cases is around 77 cases, which is a 20% drop from last week to this week,” he said. “And I think we’re going to continue to see this week after week. “

Manitoba also reported an outbreak at a unit at St. Boniface Hospital on Friday. The M3 unit has been moved to the critical or red level of the province’s pandemic response system. Information on the number of people affected by the epidemic was not immediately available.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

The province said 163 Manitobans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these hospitalizations, 66 people have active COVID-19 and 91 people have COVID-19, but are no longer contagious.

49 Manitobans receive intensive care, including 43 in Manitoba and six in Ontario.

DELTA VARIANT NOW PRESENT THROUGHOUT MANITOBA

Atwal said the Delta variant, first identified in India, has now been identified in all five health regions in Manitoba. There are 239 confirmed cases of the variant, according to provincial data.

Of the cases identified, 86.2 percent were not vaccinated before their infection, or had only received a single dose of the vaccine at the time.

“We recognize that some of these people may not have been eligible to be vaccinated, that they may have had an appointment after their infection, or that they had barriers to accessing the vaccine,” Atwal said. .

He encouraged Manitobans to receive both doses of a vaccine as soon as possible, especially since all Manitobans 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive both doses.

“A new public health analysis from England shows for the first time that two doses of COVID-19 vaccines are very effective against hospitalization of the Delta variant,” he said. “Getting the vaccine will help prevent serious illness from this variant, and continuing to follow the basics will help protect us even more.

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