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No new Manitoba coronavirus cases for fourth day in a row

Manitoba health officials will update the province on the latest COVID-19 numbers, after two days in a row of no new cases.

Manitoba health officials say there are no new cases of coronavirus in the province, for the fourth day in a row.

Manitoba’s cases continue to stand at 289.

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An additional 814 laboratory tests were performed Thursday, said Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 33,045.

On Wednesday, the province eased restrictions on who could be tested to anyone with symptoms without making a phone call to Health Links.

As a result, on Thursday long lines of vehicles were found at the Main Street and Barnes Avenue COVID-19 drive-through testing sites.

READ MORE: Drive-through lines spike at Manitoba COVID-19 testing sites, no new cases for second day in a row

Testing sites will be open this weekend, but on Monday, some will be closed for the stat holiday. Lanette Siragusa of Shared Health said those wanting to be tested should double check the hours on Monday.

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Asked about how people should congregate during the long weekend, Roussin acknowledged there’s confusion.

Dr. Roussin said the more people you spend time with, the more you increase your risk — so people should still be cautious while enjoying an afternoon on a patio.

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

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.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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

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