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Coronavirus: Manitoba public health officials confirm 20 COVID-19 cases

Public health officials are urging people to postpone or cancel trips outside of Manitoba to curb the spread of COVID-19 while confirming one Manitoban woman’s case is related to time spent in British Columbia, rather than an international trip.

Now is not the time for non-essential travel, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba‘s chief public health officer.

As of Sunday evening, 20 people in Manitoba have been diagnosed with either probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19. The latest probable case is a Winnipeg man in his 40s who recently travelled, according to the province.

No new Manitoba cases were announced Thursday or Friday, but two were announced Saturday.

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So far, provincial health officials have said all of the COVID-19 cases in Manitoba have been related to recent travel, rather than the virus spreading within the community.

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Information about the flights on which a person with lab-confirmed COVID-19 travelled can be found on the province’s website.

One person was hospitalized earlier this week after being diagnosed with the disease.

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To ensure the provincial laboratory is not stretched past capacity, the provincial government is limiting testing to people presenting symptoms of the disease who have recently travelled or spent time in close contact with someone who has travelled.

Roussin noted asymptomatic people are not as likely to spread the virus.

He again urged anyone who is sick to stay home in self-isolation.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

— With files from Global News’ Amber McGuckin

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