Manitoba reports record with nearly 750 COVID cases, urges change to holiday plans

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba has reported nearly 750 new COVID-19 cases — it's highest daily count of the pandemic.

Chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said the exact number would be released later Friday, but it is a record for the province.

He said it's also likely an underestimate, as the province's testing system is at capacity and there's a current backlog of 10,000 tests. The wait time for results is about four days.

The province reported 556 cases a day earlier.

"We've set a daily record so Manitobans need to prepare," Roussin told a news conference. "Holiday plans need to change. If you're planning on going out, we need people to reconsider that.

"If you're going to three or four gatherings this weekend, this should be down to one."

Health Minister Audrey Gordon said she strongly recommends Manitobans limit their close contacts over the holidays.

"Manitobans must — and I stress must — follow the current public health orders, follow the fundamentals and get vaccinated. This includes getting your third dose as soon as you are eligible."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 24, 2021.

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