Manitoba reported two more deaths and 97 new cases of COVID-19 Monday.
The deaths were both women in their 90s from the Winnipeg health region. The five-day test-positivity rate is 5.4 per cent provincewide and in Winnipeg it sits at 4.4 per cent.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 31,483.
Four of the new cases are from the Interlake-Eastern health region; 36 cases are from the Northern health region; one case is from the Prairie Mountain health region; two cases are from the Southern Health region; and 54 cases are from the Winnipeg health region.
Manitoba chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said no additional cases of the U.K.-variant of the virus had been found Monday.
"Variants are expected. We’ll continue to see new variants. Some are significant, what we call variants of concern. They may be more severe. They may spread easier," Roussin said.
"In the longer term that community spread of variants will result in increasing case numbers, leading to that strain on our health system… We’ve already identified four cases of the (U.K. variant) but we do not have any additions to that at this point."
There are 1,219 active cases and 29,378 people who have recovered from COVID-19. There are 78 people in hospital with the virus, plus an additional 128 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but still need care.
There is a total of 32 people in intensive-care units with COVID-19 —14 of those cases are active, while 18 of the individuals are no longer infectious.
The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba is 886.