Province announces 12 new cases of COVID-19

Last two days have seen more than 10 new cases each; the last time the number of new daily cases in Manitoba reached double digits was in April

Manitoba public health announced 12 new positive tests for the novel coronavirus July 21, bringing the total in the province since the first positive test in March to 366.

Seven of the positive tests were in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region, two each were in the Winnipeg and Prairie Mountain health regions and one was in the southern health region. Two of the people who tested positive are between the ages of one and nine years old, two are in their 20s, three are in their 30s, two are in their 40s, one is in their 50s and two are in their 60s.

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The Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) area has still only had three positive tests since March and none for more than three months.

The high case count is due to an outbreak in several Hutterite colonies and some international travel-related cases, says the province.

One of the new positive cases is a person who travelled from Melbourne, Australia  to Winnipeg July 5-6, on Qatar Airways from Melbourne to Doha and Doha to Montreal and on an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Winnipeg.

Over the past five days, 1.03 per cent of people tested have come back positive says public health. 

Forty-one people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Manitoba in July despite the fact that there were no new positive cases reported from June 30 to July 13. That represents more than 10 per cent of the total number of positive tests that have been reported in Manitoba. Before 13 new positive tests on July 19 that were reported the following day, it had been more than three months since there were more than 10 new tests announced in a single day. The last time there were 13 new cases reported in a single day was April 6 and the last time there was a higher number of cases than that announced in a single day was April 2.

A total of 1,201 tests were completed July 20, bringing the total in Manitoba since testing started in February to 77,551. There is currently one person in hospital in intensive care due to COVID-19 and there are 41 active cases, while 318 people have recovered from the disease and seven have died.

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