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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Manitoba Moves to Code Red Amid Rising Cases

The Manitoba government announced the entire province will be moving to the critical or red level on the pandemic response system after the region recorded more than 2,000 cases in the past week.

The Manitoba government announced the entire province will be moving to the critical or red level on the pandemic response system after the region recorded more than 2,000 cases in the past week.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, announced the escalation at a news conference with Premier Brian Pallister.

“As we can see, our cases have gone in the wrong direction. We are seeing more cases, more strain on the health care system, and so further action is required,” said Roussin. 

Under the Red level,  restaurants and bars would be closed except for takeout and delivery, religious events would be limited, groceries and pharmacies would operate at half capacity, and the closure of entertainment and recreation venues.

Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics would also be suspended alongside in-patient visits to hospitals.

Manitoba however said that is not making any changes to childcare services or Kindergarten to Grade 12 education.

“It is the intent that these new orders will halt the spread of the virus, decrease the transmission of the virus in the community,” explained Roussin. 

Roussin said that closures and restrictions may be in effect for up to four weeks, or two incubation periods of the COVID-19  virus. 

Currently, Manitoba has 8,495 cases which is also a large percentage of Canada’s 270,000 total. 

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