Manitoba reports 40 new cases of COVID-19 – Winnipeg
40 other COVID-19 infections have been identified in Manitoba.
The majority of the new cases reported on the province’s COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday – 19 infections – are from the Winnipeg health region.
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Ten cases were found in Northern Health Region, four were reported in Southern and Prairie Mountain Health Regions, and three were reported in Interlake-Eastern Health Region.
The death toll from COVID-19 in the province remains at 1,188, according to the provincial site.
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The site shows there are 64 Manitobans in hospital due to COVID-19 and 18 who require intensive care.
Manitoba’s five-day test positive rate is 2.4%.
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The latest COVID-19 data comes as officials on Tuesday announced plans to reinstate a mask warrant in all indoor spaces and said all frontline provincial workers who work with vulnerable populations will need to be fully immunized or undergo regular testing.
Manitoba’s chief public health officer Dr Brent Roussin said stricter prescriptions are needed to guard against variants, especially the Delta strain, which was first identified in India.
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At the last word on Tuesday, 185 of Manitoba’s 362 active cases were confirmed to be variants of concern.
A provincial variant tracking site shows that 43 cases of active variants are the Alpha variant, first identified in the UK, 13 are the Delta strain and a further 129 have yet to be specified.
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Since the first variant case was discovered in Manitoba in February, the province has recorded 17,142 cases and 191 deaths have been linked to the most contagious strains.
In total, Manitoba has reported 58,322 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases since March 2020.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic illnesses such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining a two-meter distance from others if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend using a face mask or non-medical coating to avoid spreading respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. . In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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