Manitoba health officials to update province on latest COVID-19 numbers Thursday

Manitoba health officials will update ‘Tobans at 1 p.m. on Thursday about the latest novel coronavirus numbers.

Global News will livestream the press conference here.

On Wednesday, modelling numbers were released that showed, on the high end, that Manitoba could see 6,250 cases of COVID-19 over the next year.

As of Wednesday, there were 273 cases of novel coronavirus so far in the province. In total, six people have died and 213 people have recovered. Five people remain in hospital and the current number of active COVID-19 cases is at 54.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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