“I just want to be clear that we are in the beginnings of a third wave in Manitoba. So, your actions are critical right now.”


Those were the words from Dr. Joss Reimer as the province announced 179 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.


That is the highest single-day increase in Manitoba since January 24th. On that day, the province announced 222 cases.


Reimer continued to say, “If we can’t control the transmission of COVID-19, Manitobans may see more restrictions in the days ahead.”


Three more deaths linked to the illness were announced, including a man in his 20s from the Northern Health Region.


There were 37 newly identified cases of more contagious coronavirus variants, most of which are in the Winnipeg health region.

Thirty-three of the new variant cases are the B117 strain first seen in the United Kingdom. Of those, three of them were in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

Reimer says public health staff are watching Manitoba’s situation closely and analyzing the experiences of provinces already in their third waves to figure out how best to respond.