387 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths announced in Manitoba Saturday

There are 387 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Saturday, the province says in a news release, and 10 more people with the illness have died.

There are now 276 people hospitalized with the illness in Manitoba, down slightly from a record 281 in hospital on Friday. Of those, 45 are in intensive care, which marks a new high in the province.

The update comes one day after Manitoba surpassed 200 deaths linked to the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The fatalities announced Friday included a man in his 20s — the youngest person in the province to lose their life to COVID-19.

Friday also saw a new set of restrictions introduced in Manitoba that ban the sale of non-essential goods in stores (though people can still buy those items for delivery or curbside pickup).

The new rules also outlaw almost all visitors to homes, with a few exceptions.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin sounded the alarm about the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba’s Southern Health region at a news conference on Friday.

The test positivity rate — a rolling average of the COVID-19 tests that come back positive — in the Steinbach health district was 40 per cent when measured over the previous 10 days, he said.

That part of the province also accounts for nearly 12 per cent of Manitoba’s coronavirus-linked deaths, Roussin said. And with a population of just over 21,000, the Steinbach health district has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 rates in the country.

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