Manitoba reports 93 COVID-19 cases, lowest increase since April

Manitoba reported 93 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the province’s online dashboard says, marking its lowest single-day increase in over two months.

The last time the province reported a daily increase lower than that was on April 14, when there were 86 new cases of the illness.

The update brings Manitoba’s seven-day average daily COVID-19 case count down to roughly 143.

Six more people have also died after getting COVID-19, the dashboard says. That brings Manitoba’s total deaths linked to the illness to 1,124.

The biggest proportion of the new cases on Sunday are in the Winnipeg health region, which reported 42 infections. 

The rest are split between the Southern Health region, which has 24 new cases, the Interlake-Eastern health region, with 14, the Northern health region, with eight, and the Prairie Mountain Health region, with five, the dashboard says.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate dropped to eight per cent on Sunday, the dashboard says, down from 8.3 on Saturday.

As of Sunday, 24 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and over have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the province’s online vaccine dashboard says. The proportion of those with at least one dose is 71 per cent.

The province’s daily update was delayed by several hours because of technical issues, the government said earlier Sunday on social media.

While Manitoba’s COVID-19 dashboard has now been updated, the province’s usual news release — which provides more details about deaths, hospitalizations, outbreaks and a more specific test positivity rate for the Winnipeg area — has not been sent out yet.

The province said in its earlier social media statement that the daily bulletin would be available as soon as possible, though no further details or timeline have been provided.

Manitoba completed 1,397 COVID-19 tests on Saturday, bringing the total done in the province to 814,968, the dashboard says.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 55,331 Manitobans have tested positive for COVID-19, the dashboard says.

That includes 52,041 considered recovered and 2,166 cases still deemed active.

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