76 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths reported in Manitoba

There are 76 more COVID-19 cases and no deaths reported in Manitoba on Tuesday.

Another case of the coronavirus variant of concern first found in the U.K. has been discovered in Manitoba, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the B117 variant in the province to five.

Of the new cases, more than half — 46 — are in the Winnipeg health region. There are 21 cases in the Northern Health Region, seven in the Interlake-Eastern health region, one in the Prairie Mountain Health region and none in the Southern Health region.

The five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate — a rolling average of the number of tests that come back positive — is down slightly to five per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg.

There are now 216 COVID-19 patients in hospital in Manitoba, up by 10 since Monday, with 33 of those people in intensive care.

The update comes after the province announced new, aggressive rules to manage COVID-19 cases and close contacts amid fears about extremely contagious variants at the same time as it eases its months-long lockdown.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced Monday a new definition of a close contact and strict rules for all COVID-19 case contacts.

He also announced 97 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths on Monday.

More to come

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