Manitoba premier, top doctor to announce COVID-19 measures

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is set to announce COVID-19 measures on Tuesday morning.

Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, will be speaking at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event,

On Monday, Roussin met with Pallister to talk about the need for increased COVID-19 measures.

Roussin said more restrictions are likely coming to Manitoba, adding the province is considering a targeted lockdown as cases continue to surge.

“My advice was sought (Monday) morning on what further restrictions should be in place and we are in the process of deliberating,” Roussin said.

“Nothing has been off the table and we will continue to review those options as we look at these numbers.”

Roussin said one area public health is looking at in terms of further restrictions is the non-essential businesses that have been permitted to operate under code restrictions.

He noted a targeted lockdown, or a “circuit breaker,” is also being considered.

“We see these numbers going in the wrong direction; we see increased demand on our health care system,” he said.

“We are at a critical point where we need to change these dynamics.”

Since March there have been 8,495 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, as well as 109 deaths related to the disease.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Danton Unger.

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