Manitoba’s top doc, premier to give live COVID-19 update

Manitobans may learn more about the province’s plans for the next round of COVID-19 restrictions Thursday.

Premier Brian Pallister will join Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, at a 12:30 p.m. media briefing. Global News will stream the event live here.

Read more: Manitoba considers allowing all stores to reopen amid ‘modest’ changes to coronavirus restrictions

Earlier this week the province said it is considering easing some of the restrictions that have been in place since November and are set to expire Friday at midnight.

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Coronavirus: Manitoba considers loosening some restrictions

The proposed changes include letting non-essential stores reopen, as well as hair salons and barber shops, and easing a ban on social gatherings in private homes to allow two visitors at a time.

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Read more: Six coronavirus deaths, 153 new cases reported in Manitoba Wednesday

Health officials reported 153 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths Wednesday. Manitoba’s numbers, including the number of people in hospital and the percentage of people testing positive, have dropped since a spike in the fall.

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Since March the province has reported 27,893 cases and 788 Manitobans with the coronavirus have died.

–With files from The Canadian Press 

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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