WINNIPEG — Manitoba is marking the deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic with three additional deaths due to COVID-19.
One of the deaths is linked to an outbreak at a care home — a woman in her 90s.
The others are a man in his 70s from Winnipeg and a man in his 60s from a communal living community.
The new deaths bring the province's fatality total to 27.
The province also announced 32 new cases of the virus — with 22 of those in the Winnipeg health region.
There has been a surge of cases in the capital city over recent weeks, which prompted health officials to mandate masks for indoor public places and introduce restrictions on restaurants and bars.
Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer, has said many recent cases were linked to late-night socializing. He said some cases involved people who visited multiple bars and restaurants in a night and who had more than 30 contacts.
Licensed restaurants, bars and pubs in the region now have to stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m., except for food delivery and takeout. No more than 10 people are allowed at a table and staff also must write down contact information for at least one person in a group to help contact tracing.
As of Wednesday, there have been 2,278 cases in Manitoba, and 803 are active. Twenty-five people are in hospital, with six in intensive care.
The province also reported a cluster at an assisted retirement living facility in Winnipeg and declared an outbreak at a personal care home in Brandon.
Positive cases were connected to two Winnipeg schools. But the province said the virus was not acquired in the schools and the risk is low.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020.
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