COVID-19 update at 12:30 p.m. may see Manitoba top 200 deaths

Manitoba health officials are set to deliver the latest local COVID-19 data today as the number in hospitals climbs and the province nears the 200 death mark.

Manitoba Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa will join Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, during a news conference at 12:30 p.m. CT.

CBC News will carry the live stream here, on CBC Gem, and on Facebook and Twitter.

The news conference happens a day after new restrictions against private gatherings and shopping were announced, and just over a week after the entire province went into a code red partial lockdown under Manitoba’s pandemic response system.

Since then, at least 75 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, bringing Manitoba’s death toll to 198 as of Thursday.

The number of Manitobans who have died of the illness has doubled since hitting the 100 mark less than two weeks ago.

Manitoba hospitals remain at or near capacity; a record 263 people were in hospital Thursday, with a new high of 43 of them in intensive care.

Strain on the health-care system is one of the main factors that influenced tighter rules around gatherings in households and restrictions against the sale of non-essential items by retailers announced yesterday.

As of 12:01 a.m., a new public health order came into effect, prohibiting people from having anyone at their homes who doesn’t reside there. There are a number of exceptions.

Another public health order that came into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday prohibits businesses from selling non-essential items in-store. Pickup and delivery of such items is still possible. Businesses also must have non-essential items removed from shelves or cordoned off by 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The new orders are in effect until Dec. 11.

The province announced a social media campaign Friday aimed at encouraging Manitobans to support local businesses amid the tightened restrictions.

There were 475 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the cumulative caseload to date to nearly 12,500. That number has more than doubled since the beginning of the month, and Manitoba has seen nearly 3,000 new cases in the past week.

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