Record-breaking 16 deaths as Manitoba reports 283 new COVID-19 cases

Manitoba reported 16 deaths due to COVID-19 Monday, a new record for the most deaths in a single day, as the province added 283 new cases to its total.

Half of the deaths are related outbreaks, including three from Holy Family personal care home in Winnipeg — two men, in their 80s and 90s, and a woman in her 100s.

The current provincial test positivity rate is 13.1 per cent, a drop of 0.3 percentage points from Monday’s 13.4 per cent.

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Dr. Brent Roussin will hold a news briefing Tuesday as Manitoba enters December after enduring the worst month of the pandemic so far.

Daily cases, deaths and hospitalizations all reached new highs in November. Although daily cases appear to have levelled off, the province continues to announce hundreds of new infections every day, and health officials say hospitals can’t take much more.

Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, will announce the latest COVID-19 numbers at 12:30 p.m. CT. CBC Manitoba will live stream the news conference here.

More than two weeks have passed since the entire province went to critical red, the highest level on the pandemic response system. 

Visiting in homes has been all but banned, and the stores that are still allowed to open to the public have been forced to block off non-essential items, in an effort to encourage Manitobans to stay home as much as possible. 

Still, hospitalizations continue to rise, reaching a new record high on Monday.

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute released Tuesday suggests that Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has the lowest approval rating of any Canadian provincial leader, at 32 per cent.