The province reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 and one death Wednesday as five-day test-positivity rates continued their concerning rise.

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The province reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 and one death Wednesday as five-day test-positivity rates continued their concerning rise.

The rate in Winnipeg was 6.6 per cent and 6.3 per cent provincewide.

Of the new cases announced Wednesday, 76 are in the Winnipeg health region, 30 are in the Northern health region, 24 are in the Southern health region, 19 are in Prairie Mountain and 15 are in Interlake-Eastern. 

Wednesday's reported death was a man in his 50s from northern Manitoba. A total of 961 Manitobans have died of the virus.

There are 137 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 34 of them in intensive care.

There were 30 new cases involving highly contagious strains of COVID-19 reported Wednesday. The province warned of a possible public exposure to the B.1.1.7 variant at the McDonald's in Thompson on April 8, 10, 13 and 14. Other possible exposure locations are listed on the provincial government's website.

An outbreak has been declared at St. Maurice's Daycare in Winnipeg.