Manitoba saw a new record-high number of novel coronavirus cases for the second-straight day Wednesday and reported two new deaths from the virus.
Health officials reported 146 new cases as of Wednesday morning.
The two latest deaths include a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, both from Winnipeg. Both were previously announced cases, the province says.
The new numbers bring the number of active cases to 1,374 and 2,925 total cases since March, and the total number of deaths is now 37.
Three people are in ICU, with 27 in hospital, 1,514 people have recovered, and 2,200 tests were completed Tuesday bringing the province’s total number of tests done since early February to 215,861.
The province’s test positivity rate is now at 4.4 per cent, health officials said.
On Tuesday 124 new cases were reported as well as the province’s 35th death, man in his 70s from the Southern Health district.
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