Record number of coronavirus deaths reported in Manitoba, but case numbers slowly dropping

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Manitoba has recorded a record number of deaths in one day — 16.

The province’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin also reported 283 new cases Tuesday.

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On Monday Roussin announced 343 new cases and 11 additional deaths from the virus.

The latest cases bring Manitoba’s total cases reported since March to 17,107.

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Manitoba has been reporting hundreds of new cases and multiple deaths from COVID-19 for weeks.

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In November 247 Manitobans with COVID-19 died, nearly 80 per cent of the province’s total number of deaths from virus.

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Roussin has been repeatedly calling on Mantiobans to stay at home and respect strict COVID-19 restrictions put into effect Nov. 12 closing non-essential businesses and banning public gatherings of more than five people.

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He says the steady daily increases in COVID-10 cases is pushing the province’s health-care system to the limit.

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As of Tuesday, there were 338 people in hospital — down from the 342 hospitalized Monday — with 48 people in intensive care due to COVID-19.

Earlier in the day Tuesday the Manitoba government said provincial officers issued more than $180,000 worth of COVID-19 fines over the past week, including 22 tickets of $5,000 to various businesses for non-compliance.

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From Nov. 23 through 29, the province handed out 202 warnings and 100 tickets, according to government data.

–More to come.

–With files from Elisha Dacey

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