As new public-health restrictions were put in place Sunday to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, new virus data from the province are establishing a trend of high case counts not seen since the pandemic's second wave last fall.
For the second time in three days, new COVID-19 infections eclipsed 500 daily cases. Another 532 COVID-19 cases were announced by public health officials on Sunday.
The figure represents the second-highest single day total for virus cases. On Nov. 23, during the second wave, 546 new infections were reported.
There are now 3,499 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Since Friday, 1,578 new cases have been reported.
Of the new cases, 422 were identified in Winnipeg, followed by 40 cases in Southern Health, 34 cases in Prairie Mountain, 27 cases in Interlake-Eastern and nine cases in the Northern health region.
Three new deaths were also reported including a woman in her 50s and woman in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and a woman in her 60s from the Prairie Mountain health region. All the deaths were related to the B.1.1.7 variant.
A total of 993 people have now died in Manitoba as a result of COVID-19.
There are 210 people hospitalized for care related to COVID-19 — including 52 ICU patients.
The test-positivity rate is now 13 per cent in Winnipeg and 10.9 percent provincially.
New public-health restrictions have shut all restaurants, patios, and bars to in-person dining and reduced outdoor gathering numbers on public property to five people, including household members.
As on today, gyms and fitness centres are closed, as well as religious, community and cultural gatherings, museums, galleries and libraries, personal services, indoor sports and recreation, day camps, and dance, theatre and music schools.
Retail stores, markets, garden centres and malls can still be open, but only at 10 per cent capacity up to 100 people.
The new measures will be in place for three weeks.
Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer Brent Roussin and Education Minister Cliff Cullen are expecte to outline further measures to address COVID-19 in schools todat at 1:30 p.m.