Manitoba’s top doc gives coronavirus update

Manitoba’s chief public health officer will give an update on the province’s COVID-19 fight Tuesday.

Dr. Brent Roussin has scheduled a press conference for 12:30 p.m. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

No updated COVID-19 numbers were released for Manitoba Monday as health officials took a day off for Louis Riel Day.

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Health officials advised five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 Sunday, and 80 new infections were reported.

Sunday’s deaths bring the province’s death toll related to the virus to 871. Since the virus was first identified in Manitoba last March, 30,766 infections have been reported.

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Over the weekend the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said seven probable cases of the B.1.1.7. coronavirus variant, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom, have likely been found in Pauingassi First Nation.

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The samples were screened at Manitoba’s Cadham provincial laboratory and have been sent to the National Microbiology Lab for confirmation.

The remote community, roughly 282 km northeast of Winnipeg, has been under a strict lockdown since Feb. 2, with residents required to stay at home except for essential purposes.

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Manitoba’s first confirmed case of the U.K. variant was found in Winnipeg. The case was related to international travel, officials said earlier this month.

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The COVID-19 variant is believed to be more contagious and has made its way to all 10 provinces in Canada, officials announced Saturday.

–With files from Joe Scarpelli 

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.

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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