Seventy-seven new COVID-19 cases have been detected in Manitoba, and 11 previously announced cases have been identified as involving highly contagious strains of the novel coronavirus, public heath officials said Tuesday.
More than half of the new cases (43) were in the Winnipeg health region, with 27 in Northern Health, five in Southern Health, and one each in Interlake-Eastern and Prairie Mountain.
The province-wide test positivity rate was 4.3 per cent; in Winnipeg, it was down to 3.5 per cent.
As of Tuesday morning, there are 150 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19 — 64 with active cases of the virus, and 86 who are not considered infectious but still require care. Of those in hospital, 31 were in intensive care.
No new deaths were reported Tuesday.
Public health officials have warned the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 (first detected in U.K.) could become the dominant strain of the virus in the province.
Of the 11 new cases involving highly contagious variants announced Tuesday, seven were in Winnipeg, three in Southern Health, and one in Interlake-Eastern.
The province provided incorrect data on variant case totals Monday. According to the updated figures released Tuesday, a total of 250 cases involving highly contagious variants have been detected in Manitoba (the majority being the U.K. variant).
There were 199 cases of B.1.1.7, 14 cases of B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), and 37 cases that haven't yet been categorized.
Based on the updated figures, the province now says 16 people, all from Winnipeg, who were infected with the U.K. variant had to be hospitalized. Seven of those cases ended up in the ICU.