Manitoba families minister to update province on COVID-19 measures Thursday

Manitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson has called a press conference for Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Global News will livestream the press conference here.

As of Wednesday morning, Manitoba had 221 cases in the province. There were 149 active cases, and 69 have recovered from the virus. Three people have died.

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Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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