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Some Manitobans Are Not Getting the Message About COVID-19: Top Doctor

November 16, 2020 1:15 PM | The Canadian Press

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Dr. Brent Roussin

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba chief public health officer, takes off his mask to speak during the province’s latest COVID-19 update at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg Friday, October 30, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s chief public health officer says some people are still not getting the message about the need to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Brent Roussin says some stores are exceeding the 25 per cent capacity limit, parking lots are full, and one COVID-19 case on the weekend had 85 contacts.

It’s been two weeks since Manitoba forced bars and restaurants in the greater Winnipeg region to close.

That was followed last Thursday with a similar order for the rest of the province, which also required many non-essential stores to close as well.

Roussin is reporting 392 new cases and 10 additional deaths — numbers he says cannot continue.

He says hospitals are running at near-capacity, even as the province opens up new intensive care beds.

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