64 new covid-19 cases in Manitoba on Thursday, 23 in the southern health region

There are 64 new covid-19 cases in Manitoba on Thursday, the province said in a press release.

The province also provided details on the two most recent deaths from the disease, which were published earlier this week on the province’s coronavirus dashboard.

Thursday’s press release said that one of the most recent deaths was a woman in her 70s from the health area Interlake-Eastern who was affected by the delta coronavirus variant.

The other was a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region who had an unspecified variant, says the edition.

Manitoba’s total number of deaths linked to the disease is 1,203.

Of the recent cases of COVID-19, 44 — or nearly 69 percent — are among people who are not fully vaccinated against the disease, the province said.

Manitoba’s Southern Health Region, which includes communities some of the lowest vaccination levels in the province, the largest number of new infections had been reported on Thursday.

Of the 23 new cases in that region, 19 were not fully immunized, the publication says.

There are also 15 new cases in each of Winnipeg and the northern health regions, with nine in each not fully vaccinated. The rest are in the Prairie Mountain Health region (with six new infections, three of which are not fully immunized) and the Interlake-Eastern health region (with five new cases, including four not fully vaccinated, the release says.

84 percent of eligible Manitobans now have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 79 percent are fully immunized, according to the province’s online dashboard for vaccines.

Manitoba also reported on Thursday that 63 more covid-19 cases have now been linked to concerns with coronavirus variants, the province’s online dashboard said. All but two are still listed as unspecified variants, while infections linked to the alpha and delta variants each climbed with one.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity is now 2.5 percent, says the press release, from 2.9 on Wednesday.

In Winnipeg, the rate is now 1.2 percent. The last time the capital’s exchange rate was updated was on Monday, when it was 1.6.

Manitoba did 2,743 more COVID-19 tests on Wednesday.

There are now 62 people in hospital after receiving COVID-19, says the edition, seven since Wednesday. It includes 12 in intensive care, down by three.

To date, 57,724 people have been considered to have recovered after testing positive for the disease.

New school matters

Manitoba also reports another nine cases among students in its schools, says the province’s online school COVID-19 dashboard.

Four of these cases are in southwest Manitoba: three at O’Kelly School in Shilo and one at Riverheights School in Brandon.

There is also a new case at Powerview School in southeastern Manitoba and two at Clearspring Middle School in Steinbach.

Whyte Ridge Elementary and Chief Peguis Middle School in Winnipeg have also each reported a new case of COVID-19.

There are now 599 active covid-19 cases throughout the province.

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