Manitoba premier gives update on COVID-19 measures

By | April 14, 2020

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will speak about COVID-19 measures being taken in the province at a news conference Tuesday morning.

The 11 a.m. news conference will be live streamed here and on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.

The premier said Monday that a new call centre is being created to help small- to medium-sized businesses, non-profit organizations and charities apply for federal support.

An internal memo obtained by CBC News says the province also is taking stock of the money being sent to non-profit organizations, in order to see which may be considered essential services, and which might have funding reduced.

Meanwhile, the order that keeps services deemed non-essential closed to the public has been extended until April 28 by public health officials.

As of Monday morning, there were 246 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

The province’s active caseload — the number currently with COVID-19 — is 143; eight people are in hospital, four of them in intensive care, four people have died from the illness, and 99 people have recovered.

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