Six people have died and Manitoba is facing 153 new coronavirus cases, public health officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
Acting deputy chief public health officer Dr. Jazz Atwal, along with Dr. Joss Reimer from the province’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force, spoke to media from the Manitoba Legislature and said the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.5 per cent provincially and 6.7 per cent in Winnipeg.
Of the six new reported deaths, five were in the Winnipeg health region. Four of those deaths, as well as one in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, were linked to outbreaks at care homes.
The province said Tuesday it’s considering making “modest changes” to current public health orders, including allowing all retail stores to reopen and eliminating the current list of items not allowed to be sold in stores.
Manitoba’s current tight restrictions on non-essential store openings and public gatherings have been in place since mid-November and are set to expire Friday at midnight.
On Tuesday, the province announced another 111 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths.