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COVID-19: 488 new cases in Manitoba Saturday, vaccine eligibility expands, fines increase

File photo. A COVID-19 vaccine being administered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool

Manitoba public health officials reported 488 new COVID-19 cases in the province Saturday and three more deaths.

A woman in her 20s from Winnipeg, a man in his 70s from Winnipeg and a man in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region bring the total number of deaths in the province to 990.

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The two male victims are also linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern (VOC).

The new cases include:

  • 17 in the Interlake Eastern health region
  • nine in the Northern health region
  • 30 in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 43 in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
  • 389 in the Winnipeg health region.

Public health officials also announced Saturday that vaccine eligibility has expanded at supersites and pop-up clinics to include anyone aged 35 or older.

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First Nations people who are 18 or older are also eligible.

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As of Saturday morning, 200 Manitobans remain in hospital, including 139 with active COVID-19 infections and 61 people who are no longer infectious but still require care.

There are 54 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) including 44 with active COVID-19 infections and 10 people who are no longer infectious but still require care.

The province continues seeing high test numbers with 4,462 completed Friday. It brings the five-day test positivity rate to 10.5 per cent provincially and 12.6 per cent in Winnipeg.

There are currently 3,237 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

As previously announced, the Manitoba government has increased the amount people will pay if fined for a public health order violation.

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Fines for people who have received two or more tickets for not wearing a mask have increased from $298 to $486.

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Anyone who has received two or more tickets for other penalties under the orders will also pay $2,542 — an increase from $1,296.

The penalty for not paying your ticket in the required timeframe has also increased from $50 to $100.

Fines for businesses are unchanged.

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