Manitoba government announces yet more COVID-19 restrictions as numbers rise

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 17, 2020

The problem in Manitoba grew as people socialized even while sick, going to parties and work, said Dr. Brent Roussin, the province's chief public health officer.

There are now 1,648 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 1,418 of those in Winnipeg, 1,572 people are listed as recovered.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba is 4.9 per cent.

"Most concerning of all, critical care admissions are reaching alarming levels".

The province said these new restrictions are in addition to the current restrictions in place for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, including the mandatory mask use in all indoor public spaces, and reduced liquor service hours and noise restrictions at licensed facilities.

As of Monday, gathering limits will be decreased from 10 to five.

Manitoba ended a three-day streak of record-high, triple-digit increases in COVID-19 cases on Friday, when 75 new cases were reported.

The majority of the province's cases are concentrated in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

The Winnipeg region, which includes the city and surrounding communities, was already under tighter rules than the rest of the province after a case surge in late summer.

Sporting events and after-school activities must reduce the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site's capacity.

Officials advise that only people showing symptoms of COVID-19 should go for testing.

While the flu shot doesn't protect against the virus that causes COVID-19, Tam said getting vaccinated reduces one's risk of back-to-back or simultaneous infections that can lead to more severe health outcomes. Canada's infections have risen steadily since September, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described it as a second wave.

"We can see we've lost our way with the fundamentals at this point".

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