Three cases of Delta Plus variant identified in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — Manitoba has identified three cases of the Delta Plus variant – a sub-lineage of the more infectious Delta variant, which has also jumped in the province.

According to the provincial dashboard, which was updated Wednesday, three cases of the Delta Plus (AY.3) variant of concern have been identified. Of these cases, two are recovered while one case is still active.

These cases are in addition to a spike of 160 more Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases identified in Manitoba as of Wednesday.

According to the province, total Delta variant cases jumped from 648 on Tuesday to 808 on Wednesday. Of these Delta variant cases, 729 have recovered and 71 are still active. Eight deaths have been linked to this variant.

While the number of identified Delta cases jumped on Wednesday – it is possible these cases are not necessarily new cases, but have just recently been identified as the Delta variant.

The number of unspecified variant of concern cases dropped by 212 on Wednesday, to 8,489. Unspecified cases are the variant of concern cases that have not been identified as one specific variant. The province says testing may later determine an unspecified variant is linked to a specific variant.

In total, Manitoba has recorded 16,829 variant of concern cases. Of these total cases, 330 are active while 16,311 have recovered. The province has linked 188 deaths to variants of concern.

The majority of Manitoba’s identified cases are the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7.), which accounts for 7,192 cases, including 6,911 recoveries, 130 active cases, and 151 deaths.

CTV News has reached out to the province for more details.

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