Manitoba records 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Beverage rooms

The Riverside Inn beverage room in Winnipeg from Oct.19 2020

Several provinces in the country are looking to ramp up COVID-19 restrictions as new hot spots crop up, pushing Canada's caseload closer to the 200,000 mark.

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 no longer has to call Health Links - Info Santé to be screened for a test.

"What is certain, is that our response requires a collective effort".

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Meanwhile, Quebec's public health institute urged Quebecers to shrink their social circles even further as the province reported another 1,055 new COVID-19 cases and one new virus-related death.

The Manitoba government is also scaling up its restrictions on the Winnipeg area amid growing concern about community spread.

29 people are now in hospital with six people being treated in intensive care according to public health.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.7 per cent and 44 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30am on October 18, 2020, bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,302.

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25 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa were placed under similar restrictions amid rising cases a week ago.

As of Friday, an average of 2,310 cases were being reported daily across Canada over a seven-day period, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada on Satuday.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,479 tests were completed Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 225,214.

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