‘We are at a critical point’: Manitoba’s top doctor discusses need for further restrictions with Premier

WINNIPEG — Despite restrictions imposed across the province –COVID-19 cases are rising and Manitoba’s top doctor says he has met with the Premier to discuss the need for more restrictions.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, said in one week the province has had more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19.

In light of the spiking cases, Roussin said he met with Premier Brian Pallister on Monday morning to talk about further restrictions.

“Nothing has been off the table and we will continue to review those options as we look at these numbers,” Roussin told reporters on Monday.

“We see these numbers going in the wrong direction; we see increased demand on our health care system. We are at a critical point where we need to change these dynamics.”

Roussin said there are already ‘significant’ restrictions in place across the province.

The Southern Health region was moved to the critical or red level of the province’s pandemic response system Monday morning, joining the Winnipeg Metro Region which has been under code red since Nov. 2.

All other regions in the province have been moved to the restricted or orange level.

Roussin said public health is waiting to see the results of these measures.

“At the same time we are looking at whether more restrictions are going to be required,” he said, adding more information will be coming in the future.

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