Manitoba could loosen more restrictions as COVID numbers continue to drop

WINNIPEG — Manitoba has recorded 13 consecutive days without a new COVID-19 case and, with more people recovering, is down to one known active case.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief public health officer, says health officials are looking at loosening some of the remaining restrictions on businesses and public activities.

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He says the 100-person cap on outdoor public gatherings could be eased, but warns very large gatherings in stadiums and similar venues are unlikely to happen any time soon.

Roussin says the novel coronavirus is still a threat, and rising numbers in some other jurisdictions mean there is still a chance it can be imported.

He also says caution will be needed in the fall and winter when flu season arrives.

Manitoba has recorded a total of 325 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths since the pandemic began.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020

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