Four COVID-19 deaths linked to variants in Manitoba, test positivity rate continues to drop

WINNIPEG — The province has reported four more deaths linked to variants of concern, including a woman in her 30s. The deaths come as Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate continues to drop.

On Friday, health officials announced a woman in her 30s from Winnipeg had died. Her death has been linked to an unspecified variant of concern.

Along with her death, the province reported the deaths of a woman in her 60s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, and a woman in her 60s, and a woman in her 80s – both from Winnipeg.

All three of the deaths have been linked to the Alpha variant of concern (B.1.1.7.).

In total, the province has reported 1,115 deaths with COVID-19.

The province removed one death reported on Wednesday – a Winnipeg woman in her 80s.

Along with the deaths, the province reported 189 cases and a five-day test positivity rate of 8.3 per cent.

This is the lowest provincial test positivity rate in Manitoba since May 3.

In total, Manitoba has reported 55,098 cases, including 2,436 active cases and 51,547 recoveries. Six cases were removed from the total due to a data correction.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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