Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rates Are Heading In The Right Direction
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Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rates Are Heading In The Right Direction

As Manitoba’s COVID-19 cases continue to decrease, Manitobans will face fewer restrictions when socializing

By Dami Igbinyemi

As of yesterday, Manitoba reported 47 new cases of the COVID-19 virus bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,548. Of those cases, 13 were in the Winnipeg health region, 21 in the Interlake-Eastern health region, 6 in the Northern health region, 1 in the Prairie Mountain health region and 6 in the South Health-Sante Sud health region. Yesterday’s data also reported 2 new deaths; one in her 40s and one in her 70s, both from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant bring the total number of deaths to 1,177.

The five-day COVID-19 test positively rate sits at 2.1% provincially, the lowest it has been since October of last year and 1.1% in Winnipeg, the lowest rate ever reported for Winnipeg. There are currently 526 active cases, 102 Manitobans hospitalized and 29 Manitobans in the ICU. Vaccine numbers from yesterday sit at 79.3% of eligible Manitobans with one dose and 68.6% of eligible Manitobans with both doses.

The Manitoba government is doing everything they can to support Manitobans through the pandemic. They have provided us daily updates, covid resources, support for individuals and businesses, mental health support etc. Although we are set on orange for our response level, our case counts are dropping with vaccination rates increasing. This goes to show that Manitobans are being safe and are doing what they can to reduce our COVID-19 numbers.

“As we continue towards our government’s safe summer reopening plan to allow for fewer restrictions and further rebuild our economy, we need Manitobans to continue to follow the fundamentals and get vaccinated to ensure we keep on a positive trajectory to a post-pandemic Manitoba,” said Ron Schuler, Minister of Infrastructure and Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization. 

Manitoba at the start of the pandemic had the lowest amount of reported COVID-19 cases in the country, and all trends are pointing in that direction once again. At the start of the pandemic, there were many uncertainties of how to govern in the middle of a global crisis, and many lessons learned. We can only hope that our neighbouring provinces would place great emphasis on scientific data and results and not disregard the safety of their citizens like that of the Albertan government by eliminating COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

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