COVID-19 hospitalizations and test-positivity rates continue to climb in Manitoba.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations and test-positivity rates continue to climb in Manitoba.

Outbreaks of the virus at two Winnipeg schools — Holy Cross elementary school and the private King's School — mean both have switched to remote learning until May 12 and May 16, respectively, the province announced Tuesday.

The province reported 291 new cases of COVID-19 and the death of a Winnipeg man in his 40s who was infected with the B.1.1.7 strain.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 980 Manitobans and 11 of those people died after contracting the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant that has now become the dominant strain here.

There are 182 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 and 47 of them are in intensive care.

Five-day test-positivity rates reached 8.5 per cent provincewide and 9.2 per cent in Winnipeg, where most of the new infections are occurring.

Tuesday marked the fifth consecutive day of more than 250 new cases reported. Of the cases announced Tuesday, 212 are in the Winnipeg health region, 31 in Prairie Mountain, 29 in Southern health, 12 in Interlake-Eastern and seven in Northern health.

Manitoba reported 361 newly identified variant of concern cases since Saturday, including new cases of B.1.351 and P.1, bringing the total number of variant cases to 2,705. The B.1.351 case, the first identified since the end of March, is in the Prairie Mountain region and its transmission source is unknown, meaning it was acquired in the community.

— Staff