402 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Manitoba on Wednesday

There are 402 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, the province’s online data portal says Wednesday afternoon.

Manitoba’s daily COVID-19 case numbers, which are usually released at 12:30 p.m., were delayed because of technical difficulties, the province tweeted on Wednesday.

There are now 293 COVID-19 patients in hospital, the province said, up from 278 on Tuesday. Of those, 80 patients are in intensive care, an increase of 10.

The provincial data portal also says 171 more contagious coronavirus variant cases have been identified since the update on Tuesday.

The total number of cases involving more contagious variants is now 7,141, with 2,836 considered active.

A total of 1,016 coronavirus deaths in Manitoba were reported, an increase of four.

Earlier in the day, the province announced second dose appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine will open Friday for priority groups with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems. 

Wednesday’s update comes after Manitoba announced 335 new COVID-19 cases and one death linked to a more contagious coronavirus variant on Tuesday.