Manitoba reports 237 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Tuesday, while seeing a significant jump in more transmissible variants since the weekend.
A new lineage of the B.1.617 variant has also been identified for the first time in Manitoba, the province’s online vaccine dashboard says.
The deaths reported Tuesday are a man in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern health region with the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant and a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, a provincial news release says.
The total number of deaths in Manitoba due to COVID-19 is now 1,079, including 93 deaths linked to more contagious variants.
The five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate in Manitoba is 12 per cent, while in Winnipeg it’s 12.6 per cent.
The province reported another 903 cases have been linked to more contagious coronavirus variants since Saturday.
The highest increase is among unspecified variants, with 477 new cases found. There are also 321 new B.1.1.7 cases and 34 more P1 cases. The B.1.617 variants leaped to 83 cases from just 18 on Saturday.
The province’s first case of the B.1.617.3 variant was identified in the Winnipeg health region, the province’s online dashboard says.
There are 300 people in hospital with COVID-19, down from 308 on Monday.
A total of 104 Manitobans are receiving intensive care for COVID-19, 68 within the province and 36 outside the province: 33 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta.
The province says that 17 patients who were receiving care in an out-of-province intensive care unit have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals, including one who returned yesterday.
Most of the new cases reported Tuesday were in the Winnipeg health region, which has 144 new cases.
There were 42 new cases in the Southern Health region, 21 in the Northern Health Region,17 in the Prairie Mountain Health region and 13 in the Interlake-Eastern health region.
Premier Brian Pallister announced Tuesday that Manitobans who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel within Canada without having to self-isolate for two weeks if they’ve been fully vaccinated.
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