The province announced three new COVID-related deaths and 40 new screened or sequenced cases of the variants were detected Thursday.
Of those 40, two were B.1.1.7 variants from the Prairie Mountain Health region, two from the Interlake-Eastern health region, one from the Southern Health-Sante Sud health region and 32 from the Winnipeg Health region. Three new screened or sequenced uncategorized cases have been detected from the Winnipeg Health region. The dead include three people from the Winnipeg health region in their 70s and 80s.
There are 139 new cases of the virus identified in the province.
Those new cases include 18 in the Prairie Mountain health region, followed by six in Southern-Health-Sante Sud health region, and 60 in Winnipeg. There were 55 new cases in the Northern health region.
There are currently 1,066 active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, of which 84 are in Prairie Mountain Health.
Cases within Prairie Mountain Health are broken up by district. They include 30 in Porcupine Mountain, followed by 29 in Turtle Mountain, and seven in Brandon.
Provincially, there are 141 hospitalizations related to the virus, of which involves 33 people in intensive care.
The provincial total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variants is 298, while 20 cases of B.1.351 have been noted. The total number of cases that have not been categorized is 21 for a total of 339 variants of concern found in Manitoba thus far.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent provincially and 4.6 per cent in Winnipeg.
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