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Friday, January 28, 2022

The number of COVID-19 cases is rising as capacity restrictions

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing as capacity is limited

Key takeaways:

  • Lower capacity limits and tighter public health limitations for vaccinated and unvaccinated Manitobans have taken effect as daily case numbers hover around 300.
  • Manitoba requested military assistance, and Ottawa announced that Canadian Red Cross nurses would be arriving in Manitoba.

As daily case numbers hover around 300, lower capacity limits and tighter public health restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated Manitobans have taken effect.

According to Health Minister Audrey Gordon, the rules are necessary to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and relieve pressure on already overburdened hospitals.

Household members plus ten additional people can attend private indoor gatherings with vaccinated people.

Unvaccinated people can only attend gatherings with one household plus five guests.

Also read: COVID-19 patients in Manitoba will be treated with monoclonal antibodies

People have already been required to be vaccinated, such as gyms, movie theatres, and restaurants, but capacity is limited to half.

Churches that require proof of vaccination will be limited to half their capacity, while those that do not will be limited to 25 people or 25% of their capacity, whichever is lower.

The new restrictions will be in effect for three weeks, from January 11 to January 11.

The Manitoba Opposition urges the province to provide financial assistance to businesses that the new restrictions and more resources will impact to assist them in enforcing public health orders.

“We should know by now that increased restrictions must accompany business support to keep people safe and our economy moving,” said Jamie Moses, the NDP’s economic development critic, in a statement on Tuesday.

Test positivity rate jumps to eight per cent in Manitoba - Winnipeg Free  Press
The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing as capacity is limited. Image from Winnipeg free press

On Monday, nine more variant cases were discovered, bringing the total number of cases to 17. According to Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, modeling from other areas shows that this will happen quickly.

On Tuesday, 302 new cases were reported in the province, bringing the total number of active cases to 2,316. There were no more deaths reported. On Tuesday, the provincial test positivity rate increased to 8.6%, up from 8.1 percent on Monday.

Meanwhile, 133 COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital on Tuesday (the same number as Monday), and 26 were admitted to intensive care units (a drop of seven from Monday).

In Manitoba, the vaccination rate continues to rise, with 15.5 percent of those aged five and up receiving three shots, 78.2 percent receiving two doses, and 84.5 percent receiving one jab. As of Monday, 2,360,008 million doses had been administered in the province.

The NDP also reiterated previous calls for the provincial government to deploy military medical personnel to hospitals where COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise, causing more surgeries to be postponed.

Last week, Manitoba requested military assistance, and Ottawa announced that Canadian Red Cross nurses would be arriving in Manitoba.

Roussin has stated that asking Manitobans to go without a holiday season for a second year is unrealistic. The new restrictions will allow people to gather more securely.

Source: Winnipeg Sun

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