43 new northern COVID-19 cases for the previous two days announced April 5

Manitoba reported 316 new lab-confirmed cases of COVD-19 over the four days spanning April 2 to April 5, 113 of them in the north.

181 cases across the province from the previous 48 hours were reported April 3, including 70 from the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA). Three previously reported cases in the province were removed that day for a net increase of 178. An outbreak was also declared at St. Anthony’s Hospital Psychiatric Unit in The Pas on Saturday.

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On April 5, the province reported 135 cases from the prior 48 hours, 43 of them from the NRHA. The new cases reported for the previous two days announced on Monday included 10 from the Island Lake health district, eight from the Flin Flon/SnownLake/Cranberry/Sherridon health district, six from the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district and five from the Grand Rapids/Misipawistik/Mosakahiken/Moose Lake/Easterville/Chemawawin district.

There have now been a total of 6,080 confirmed cases of the virus in the north since the pandemic began.

Three more deaths from the virus were reported April 3 and April 5, taking the provincial total to 940.

As of Monday at 9:30 a.m, there were 141 Manitobans in hospital due to COVID-19, 66 of them with active infections. Thirteen of those with active infections as well as 16 who are no longer considered infectious are in intensive care. Thirty-one northerners were in hospital due the virus April 5, including 23 with active infections and nine people in intensive care, six of whom are still considered infectious.

No new variants of concern have been identified in the province since April 1 and the total remains at 270, including 235 of the B.1.1.7 or United Kingdom variant and 20 f the B.1.351 of South Africa variant, as well as 15 that have not been categorized.

The five-day test positivity rate on April 5 was 5.1 per cent.

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