Provincial officials to give update on coronavirus in Manitoba at 11 a.m.

By | March 12, 2020

There are no new cases of coronavirus in Manitoba as of Monday morning, the province’s top public health official said in a daily brief on COVID-19. 

Daycares will remain open but officials will revisit this as the situation is rapidly evolving, Dr. Brent Roussin said during a media briefing. 

Roussin also discouraged large public gatherings for St. Patrick’s Day as they would make it impossible to practice social distancing and prolonged, close contact. 

“There will be a time where we get back to those activities, now is not that time,” he said. 

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Provincial officials will hold their daily briefing about COVID-19 in Manitoba at 11 a.m.

CBC News will live stream the briefing here and on Facebook. 

Manitoba health officials have identified seven cases of COVID-19 so far. The province has indicated that all cases are travel-related. 

As of Sunday, Winnipeg’s four dedicated testing sites have seen 900 patients in the past three days, including 268 on Saturday.

Another centre is opening in Thompson’s Plaza Mall on Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Health Links received more than 1,000 calls on Saturday, and more staff members are still being added to help deal with the spike in calls.

An online self-assessment tool people can use instead of calling Health Links should be ready to use for COVID-19 screening within the next couple of days, Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer for Manitoba Shared Health, said on Sunday. 

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