Manitoba’s top doctor to give COVID-19 update at 12:30 p.m. CT after weekend easing of rules

Manitoba’s chief public health officer will give a COVID-19 update Monday after relaxed health measures allowing small outdoor gatherings came into effect on the weekend.

Dr. Brent Roussin will hold a briefing Monday at 12:30 p.m. CT. CBC News will live stream the news conference here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.

On Saturday, relaxed health rules came into effect, allowing up to five people to gather outside on public property, and up to five visitors from no more than two different households outdoors on private property. 

Case numbers have gradually come down in recent weeks, although the infection rate in Manitoba continues to vastly outpace the rest of the country

On Sunday, Manitoba announced 194 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths. 

Vaccinations are moving toward a major goal, with 69.1 per cent of people age 12 and older having at least one dose as of Sunday. The provincial government aims to have at least 70 per cent of eligible people vaccinated with at least one dose and 25 per cent with two doses by July 1.

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