Manitoba on Thursday announced four deaths and 363 new cases related to COVID-19 – the highest one-day increase in four months.
The province has not reported a number of cases in a single day since December 11 (except one day on holidays when new cases worth several days have been released). Daily cassettes of Manitoba Last week 230 to 295.
The four deaths included a 50-year-old male and female from the Prairie Mountain Health region, whose death was linked to the B117 corona virus variant, a man first diagnosed in the UK with a man in his 60s and a woman in his 70s from Winnipeg, who died of the same variant.
The provincial test positive rate rose from 8.8 percent to 9.1 percent. In Winnipeg the rate increased from 9.2 percent to 10.4 percent.
The number of mannitophanes in the hospital due to COVID-19 increased slightly to 185 and those in intensive care increased from 47 to 52.
Infectious corona virus strains have become more prevalent in recent weeks, and the number of variant-linked cases rose 214 on Thursday to 3,003. One-third of the divergent cases reported Thursday were the B117 variant.
Of the 2,732 active cases in Manitoba, 1,025 types.
Most of the different cases are concentrated in Winnipeg. In the province, two-thirds are the B117 variant, which was first detected in the UK, while one-third are listed as unspecified.
Of the 986 COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba, 16 are now associated with corona virus variant infections, beginning Wednesday 12.
The province also reported an explosion at Lakeshore General Hospital in Asher.
Provincial-level cases are on the rise, but the most new and active cases are in Winnipeg, where the number of schools returning to distance learning continues to increase. Students from 17 schools in Manitoba are now learning from home; Fifteen people were reported home earlier this week.
School cases have dropped slightly since the last provincial update, but they are high: 213, or a quarter, of Manitoba schools currently have at least one case. Of the 574 school cases in the past two weeks, 16 percent were employee cases.
One week ago, Manitoba imposed strict restrictions for more than a month in the hope of preventing the spread of lawsuits and a possible blow to the health care system.
Vaccines have increased at the same time: 41 percent of Manitoba adults now have at least one dose, and the province plans to convert everyone eligible to book an appointment to 12 and over within the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, cases continue to rise. Manitoba’s seven-day average for cases rose sharply last month. The average on April 1 was 69. Is now 289.
Of the new cases announced Thursday, 263 are in the Winnipeg health area and 34 cases are in the northern health region. A further 28 were identified in Prairie Mountain Health, 23 in South Health and 15 in Interlake-Eastern.