Saturday sees an additional 85 new cases in Manitoba

Henrietta Brewer
October 17, 2020

The new cases come a day after the province announced tougher rules for Winnipeg and several surrounding municipalities, as the region is struggling with the worst COVID-19 surge in Manitoba since the start of the pandemic.

25 people are now in hospital with five people being treated in intensive care according to public health.

Manitoba health authorities reported 75 new COVID-19 cases on Friday - a fraction of Thursday's record increase of 173 new cases in 24 hours.

"We need to make this change - this sacrifice for two weeks", Roussin said, adding Winnipeg needs to cut down on close contacts and community spread.

Next, he explained that all beverage rooms, entertainment facilities, casinos, and bingo halls will be closed.

That case was confirmed on Wednesday, said the letter from the company, which operates a nickel mine in Thompson, Man.

"We can see we've lost our way with the fundamentals at this point". The province has also seen deaths reported nearly every day for the last week.

Manitoba is now a leader in the country when it comes to per capita active cases of the virus. It was well over 1,000 on Friday.

"These restrictions will all be enforceable under the law", Roussin said.

As case numbers continue to rise, Manitoba is introducing new restrictions in the greater Winnipeg area.

Public health is continuing to advise Winnipeg residents and visitors to the city to stay home if sick, wash your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. Masks have been mandatory indoors, gatherings were limited to 10, and bars and restaurants had to stop selling liquor at 10 p.m.

"We're drowning, and they just put their foot on our head", said Shaun Jeffrey, the association's executive director.

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