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Manitoba reports 261 new COVID-19 cases, premier rejects call for near lockdown

Manitoba reports 261 new COVID-19 cases, premier rejects call for near lockdown

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is rejecting a call for tougher public-health orders to fight a rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman says the province should look at imposing tougher rules because the third wave of the pandemic has arrived and is likely to get worse.

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Pallister said Thursday Manitoba already has tight requirements, including mandatory self-isolation for anyone arriving from out of province and firm limits on social gatherings.

The rules were more restrictive for a short time last year when non-essential businesses were closed and most social visits inside private homes were forbidden.

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Pallister says he is willing to keep an open mind but is following the advice of public-health experts.

Manitoba health officials reported 261 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Thursday.

Read more: Manitoba reports another COVID-19 death, 164 new cases

The virus’s latest victim, a man in his 70s from the Northern Health region, brings the total number of Manitobans with COVID-19 who have died to 962.

Manitoba has now reported 36,890 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020, after health officials said three earlier cases were removed due to a data correction

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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