Health officials say Manitoba now in fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic

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WINNIPEG — Health officials say Manitoba has clearly entered the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as cases are rising, especially in regions where vaccination rates are low.

There have been 366 new infections in the province since Thursday — 150 of them in the Southern Health-Sante Sud region.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief public health officer, says the southern health region makes up 15 per cent of the province's population but almost half of daily COVID-19 cases.

Roussin says he’s concerned because vaccination and COVID-19 testing rates in the region are low.

He says too often people from the region are getting their first COVID-19 test when they are hospitalized.

Manitoba had held off the fourth wave for months, largely by maintaining public health orders, including a mask mandate, and requiring proof of vaccination to eat in restaurants and attend sporting events.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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