Manitoba reports 18 more coronavirus deaths, 155 new cases Tuesday

Another 18 Manitobans with COVID-19 have died as the province reported 155 new infections from the virus Tuesday.

It’s the second-straight day Manitoba’s daily case count has fallen below 200 and the lowest single-day numbers the province has seen since early November.

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Health officials reported 167 new cases Monday.

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The latest deaths, however, come just shy of matching province’s most deadly day of the pandemic when 19 victims were announced Dec. 5.

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Tuesday’s cases bring the total number of lab-confirmed infections identified since March to 23,180 and province’s death toll rises to 590.

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The five-day test positivity rate is 11.5 per cent provincially and 10.5 per cent in Winnipeg, according to provincial data.

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

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. 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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