Manitoba reported 56 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Thursday.
A man in his 30s from the Southern Health region is the latest death from the illness, bringing the total number of Manitobans who have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 1,167, the province said in a news release.
Of the 56 new cases, 22 are in the Winnipeg health region, 14 are in the Interlake–Eastern health region and 13 are in the Southern Health region.
Single-digit increases in cases were reported in the Northern Health Region (four) and Prairie Mountain Health region (three).
There are 105 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19 — the same number as on Wednesday — but the number of people in intensive care dipped to 28 from 29.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate has dropped to 3.3 per cent, down from 3.5 per cent on Wednesday. Winnipeg’s rate is now 2.8 per cent, down from 2.9 per cent.
Sharp drop in active variant cases
The total number of COVID-19 cases identified as stemming from a coronavirus variant of concern since the start of the pandemic is now 16,431, an increase of 46, according to the province’s variant of concern dashboard.
But the number of active variant cases plummeted from 595 on Wednesday to 285 on Thursday.
No new deaths linked to variant cases have been reported.
The majority of active cases involving variants of concern — 151 — are connected with an as-yet-unspecified variant.
There are 85 cases linked to the B.1.1.7, or alpha, variant, 46 of the B.1617.2 (delta) variant, two of the P.1 variant, and one B.1.351 variant.
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