Manitoba to give COVID-19 update as cases continue to spike

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is set to provide a COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon as cases continue to spike.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, will be speaking at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

This news conference comes the day after the province reported 135 new COVID-19 cases.

Health officials also reported that a man in his 80s in the Winnipeg Health Region died, bringing Manitoba’s death toll to 43. This death is connected to the COVID-19 outbreak at Parkview Place Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg.

On Wednesday, Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba is increasing fines for those not following the pubic health orders. Now, individuals who don’t follow the rules will face a $1,296 fine, and corporations will face a $5,000 fine.

To date, there have been 3,626 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Danton Unger and Devon McKendrick.

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