60 new COVID-19 cases reported in Manitoba Friday

There are 60 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Friday and no new deaths from the illness, according to an update on the province’s online dashboard.

The provincial five-day test positivity rate has dropped slightly to two per cent, down from 2.3 per cent the day prior. 

The online data dashboard says there are 66 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19, down two from Thursday. Of those, 15 are in intensive care.

Of the 60 new cases, 39 — or 65 per cent — were people not vaccinated against COVID-19 at all, the online dashboard says. 

There were also six infections involving people only partially vaccinated (10 per cent of Friday’s new cases), while the remaining 15 cases (25 per cent) were fully vaccinated people. 

There are 24 new cases in the Southern Health region, 16 in the Winnipeg health region, nine in the Prairie Mountain Health region, six in the Interlake-Eastern health region, and five in the Northern Health Region, the Manitoba COVID-19 data page says. 

Another 56 COVID-19 cases have now been linked to more contagious coronavirus variants since the data was last updated Thursday. The number of COVID-19 deaths linked to these variants remains at 203. 

To date, 1,207 people have died in Manitoba after contracting COVID-19. As of Friday, there are 499 active cases in the province, while 58,294 patients have recovered.

The total number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic is now exactly 60,000, the dashboard says.

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