WINNIPEG — Manitoba is reporting 11 new COVID-19 infections, the lowest number since the fall, as the chief provincial public health officer hinted the next stage of reopening could come sooner than expected.
Dr. Brent Roussin did not say when restrictions would be loosened, but says vaccines are reducing the number of cases and the pressures on the health-care system.
The current five-day test positivity rate is three per cent provincially and 1.8 per cent in Winnipeg.
Roussin says the Alpha variant, first detected in the United Kingdom, is still the most dominant in the province but cases of the Delta variant, first detected in India, now make up about 30 per cent.
He warned that it’s likely Manitobans will continue to see COVID-19 transmission occurring in people who aren't vaccinated.
He says low vaccination rates in some areas of the province could mean specific health orders for those regions if the virus continues to spread.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.
The Canadian Press