Manitoba premier to discuss province’s ongoing reopening plans amid coronavirus Wednesday

Manitoba’s premier is expected to discuss the province’s ongoing reopening plans amid the novel coronavirus at a Wednesday press conference.

Brian Pallister is scheduled to speak to media at 1 p.m. from a hotel in Brandon, where COVID-19 outbreak has grown to at least 64 active cases over the last few days.

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Exactly what Pallister plans to announce wasn’t made clear in an invitation sent to media prior to the press conference.

Health officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba Tuesday, bringing the province’s total number of cases since March to 562.

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As of Tuesday, Manitoba has 194 active known cases, with five people in hospital, including three who are in intensive care with the virus.

Eight Manitobans have died from COVID-19 since March and 360 have recovered.

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The Manitoba government started lifting public health restrictions put in place to help stem the spread of COVID-19 in phases May 4, most recently allowing casinos, cinemas and theatres to reopen at 30 per cent capacity under the fourth phase, which kicked in on July 25.

Manitoba had gone nearly half the month of July without reporting a single new case of the virus. But that streak ended July 14 when five new cases were identified. Since then, 232 new cases have been reported in Manitoba.

Coronavirus: Manitoba reports 35 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Coronavirus: Manitoba reports 35 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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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.

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. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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