P1 variant first identified in Brazil now found in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — The provincial health officials say the first case of the P1 variant of concern – first identified in Brazil – has been found in Manitoba.

The province said this case of the variant was a person from the Interlake-Eastern health region, but provided no further information.

According to provincial data, there were 87 new variant of concern cases identified as of Thursday including the P1 variant case. Of these cases, 288 are active and 357 have recovered.

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The province announced one more COVID-19 death on Thursday. This was a woman in her 30s from the Interlake-Eastern health region. The province said her death brings the total number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Manitoba to 955.

On top of the deaths and variant cases, the province also reported 153 new COVID-19 cases.

The province’s five-day test positivity rate remains at 5.3 per cent.

Manitoba has seen 35,688 COVID-19 cases so far in this pandemic, though four cases were removed from the total due to a data correction. 

This is a developing story. More to come.

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