Canadian COVID-19 hotspot Manitoba flies patients out as infections multiply

Marco Green
May 26, 2021

A third wave reached Manitoba later than other provinces, and pushed up its rate of daily cases to 233 people per 100,000 during the past week, the highest in Canada and triple the national average, mainly due to spread in the city of Winnipeg.

5,061 cases are active, 42,693 people have recovered, for a total of 48,787 cases so far.

Manitoba has flown 18 critically ill COVID-19 patients to Ontario hospitals in the past few days, officials said. The province said Tuesday that discussions with Saskatchewan and North Dakota were ongoing to access available ICU beds.

Livingstone said there is now room within Saskatchewan's overall hospital system to take in the Manitoba patients.

Those declines are being driven by plummeting case numbers in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Ottawa helped Ontario with some health workers this spring as its hospitals hit new record patient levels, and helped co-ordinate and fund the deployment of teams of doctors and nurses from Newfoundland and Labrador to fly to help hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area. Procurement Minister Anita Anand said she spoke to the company's officials Tuesday morning and has been assured "millions of doses" will be delivered starting in early June, but there are no details on exactly how many or when. The test positivity rate for Winnipeg is unavailable.

Of the new cases, 187 came from Winnipeg, 28 from the South, 15 each from Prairie Mountain and Interlake and 14 from the North. The woman's death was linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus.

Four deaths related to COVID-19 were reported through the provincial dashboard but additional information such as region or variant was unavailable.

A total of 2,398 laboratory tests were completed Monday bringing the total since early February 2020 to 751,948.

Roussin, who wouldn't commit to such action, said it was being deliberated.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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