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More COVID restrictions on the table in Manitoba

Health officials declare school, care-home outbreaks; testing-site vehicle lines backed up for hours while rapidly spreading Omicron strain’s case counts rise

Danielle Da Silva
7:00 PM CST Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021
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