Manitoba government sets down new rules to stop rising COVID-19 case numbers

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is tightening its public health orders to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon says changes are needed to stop a rising number of cases and to keep hospital beds available.

Chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, showed modelling that says the demand for intensive care beds could soon reach a level similar to the height of the third wave last spring.

Starting Saturday, religious gatherings in most of the southern health region will be capped at 25 persons, or separate cohorts of 25 people, unless all attendees are fully vaccinated.

The southern health region has the lowest vaccine uptake in the province and has been a major source of hospitalizations in recent weeks.

Across the province, starting Dec. 5, youth between 12 and 17 will need to show proof of at least one vaccination or a negative test result to take part in indoor recreational sports.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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