Manitoba pandemic health-care leaders to give joint COVID-19 update Monday

The leaders of Manitoba’s COVID-19 pandemic response will deliver an update on Monday.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead on the province’s vaccine task force, will hold a joint online briefing at 12:30 p.m. CT. CBC News will live stream the briefing on our website.

It’s the first update since an indoor mask mandate came back into effect on Saturday under new health orders. Starting Friday, Manitobans will have to show proof of vaccination in order to access many businesses and services, such as gyms, restaurants and theatres.

Public health officials are gearing up restrictions in anticipation of a fourth wave of COVID-19, driven by the highly contagious delta variant. 

The update on Monday also comes after Premier Brian Pallister, who has been the most visible member of the provincial government on the pandemic response, announced he is stepping down from his position as leader on Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, the province posted more than 100 new cases in a single day for the first time since June, although case counts on Thursday and Friday were lower. The province does not release new case counts on weekends.

As of Friday, 81.7 per cent of eligible Manitobans had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 76.2 per cent had two doses.

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