111 new COVID-19 cases as Manitoba sees another bump in coronavirus variants

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The number of more contagious B117 variant cases nearly doubled in Manitoba on Monday. (CBC - image credit)
The number of more contagious B117 variant cases nearly doubled in Manitoba on Monday. (CBC - image credit)

Manitoba reports 111 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional cases of highly contagious coronavirus variants on Tuesday, a news release says.

Thirteen cases of the more contagious B117 variant originally detected in the U.K. have been identified, as well as one case of the B1351 variant first seen in South Africa.

These cases are all in the Winnipeg health region.

The data was made public late due to a technical problem.

Of the new cases, most — 71 — are in the Northern Health Region.

There are 31 cases in the Winnipeg health region, five in the Southern Health region, three in the Prairie Mountain Health region and one in the Interlake-Eastern health region.

No deaths were reported, leaving the death toll due to COVID-19 at 917 in Manitoba.

The test positivity rate is creeping up again, at 5.2 per cent in Manitoba and 3.7 per cent in Winnipeg.

The number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 remains at 151, while the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units is down to 22.

There were 1,515 COVID-19 tests done on Monday, bringing the total number completed to 552,738.

This update comes after the province nearly doubled the number of more contagious coronavirus variant cases on Monday.

Another 18 cases of the more contagious B117 variant originally detected in the U.K. were identified, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief public health officer for Manitoba, said at a news conference Monday. One was found in the Interlake and 17 in Winnipeg.