71 new COVID cases in Manitoba, test positivity falls below four per cent

Seventy-one new cases of COVID-19 were reported  in Manitoba March 31 as the five-day test positivity rate dipped below four per cent to 3.8.

Thirty-eight of the new cases were in the Winnipeg health region and 24 in the north. There were five new cases in the southern health region and two each in the Prairie Mountain and Interlake-Eastern health regions.

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The Island Lake and Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb health districts led the north with nine newly announced lab-confirmed cases each, while there were six in Thompson/Mystery Lake and one each in the Cross Lake/Pimicikamak and The Pas/Opaskwyak/Kelsey health districts. There was also one new case from an unknown district and three districts had their totals reduced by one.

One death from the virus was reported on Wednesday, the 935th COVID-related death in Manitoba.

There are 146 Manitobans in hospital due to the virus, 63 of them with active infections. Twelve of those 63 are in intensive care as are 16 peopel who are no longer infectious. There are 24 northerners in hospital due to COVID, 15 of whom have active infections. Five of those with active infections are in intensive care, as are six others who are no longer considered infectious.

Seventeen more cases involving variants of concern have been identified – 13 in Winnipeg and four in the southern health region. There have now been 232 cases involving the B.1.1.7 or United Kingdom variant and 20 caused by the B.1.351 or South Africa variant. Fifteen variant cases have not been categorized for a total of 267 variant cases in Manitoba so far.

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