163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, as province reports new record for hospitalizations

There are 163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Friday, the province says in a news release, the second-highest single-day increase in cases.

A man in his 80s linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at Winnipeg’s Parkview Place personal care home has died, the release says, bringing the province’s coronavirus-linked death toll to 48.

Meanwhile, Manitoba’s five-day tests positivity rate — a rolling average of the COVID-19 tests that come back positive — is now 6.5 per cent, another record in the province.

There are now 51 people in hospital with the illness, which is also a new record; eight of those people are in intensive care.

Most of the new cases — 128 — are in the Winnipeg health region, the release says.

On Thursday, the province announced new rules coming for northern Manitoba and schools in both the Winnipeg area and the north. Those measures will take effect on Monday.

That announcement came as Manitoba set a new record for single-day deaths and hospitalizations linked to the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and posted its highest five-day test positivity rate.

Provincial officials also announced 147 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the second-highest one-day increase in cases.

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