Manitoba records 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

  • Manitoba records 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Manitoba records 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Manitoba posted record numbers of daily new cases earlier in the week, although the 75 reported Friday was down sharply.

Ontario tightened restrictions on long-term care homes in three hotspots Friday, as the premier also made the reluctant decision to reinstate stricter rules on a fourth region north of Toronto.

Roussin said the test-positivity rate in Winnipeg is now at 6.3 per cent.

"Most concerning of all, critical care admissions are reaching alarming levels". The restrictions will take effect on Monday in the city of almost 800,000 residents.

This was done in attempting to slow rising COVID-19 infections. The region will join the cities of Ottawa, Toronto and the nearby Peel region in closing indoor dining, gyms, fitness centers, casinos and more. As of Friday, residents of long-term care homes in those regions are not allowed to leave for social or personal reasons.

The new rules, effective for two weeks as of Monday, will limit gatherings in the Winnipeg area to a maximum of five and force some businesses, such as bars and beverage rooms, to close.

The province's chief public health officer said the changes are necessary after case counts in the Winnipeg region spiked. This brings the total number of active cases in Winnipeg to 1,354.

Sporting events and after-school activities must reduce the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site's capacity.

Manitoba health officials are reporting 85 more cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a provincial release.

Officials advise that only people showing symptoms of COVID-19 should go for testing.

"We need to reduce our community transmission of this virus".

"We can see we've lost our way with the fundamentals at this point". Canada's infections have risen steadily since September, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described it as a second wave.