Winnipeg boy under 10 among latest COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba

A boy under the age of 10 is among 10 more deaths linked to COVID-19 announced in Manitoba on Saturday.

The boy in the Winnipeg health region is the youngest person in the province to die from the illness.

There are also 487 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Saturday, the province says in a news release.

Five of the deaths announced Saturday are linked to known outbreaks in Manitoba. They include a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s linked to the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home, a man in his 80s linked to Fairview Home in Brandon, a woman in her 80s linked to Heritage Lodge Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg and a man in his 90s linked to Park Manor Care in Winnipeg.

The remaining deaths announced Saturday are two women (in their 60s and 80s) from the Winnipeg health region, a man in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern Health region and a woman in her 80s from the Southern Health region, the province’s release says.

A record 327 people are now hospitalized with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus — up from 322 on Friday. Of those, 44 people are in intensive care.

The update comes a day after Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, warned again that the province’s health-care capacity is being stretched to its limits, with record numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospital and dozens in intensive care.

“We’re not going to be able to have enough capacity to maintain these numbers for much longer,” Roussin said on Friday.

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