Manitoba is implementing a more aggressive strategy on contact management, which is partly due to concerns over coronavirus variants identified in the province.

Dr. Brent Roussin boiled it down to this: there will now be more people identified as close contacts, so more people will be required to self-isolate.

On Monday, Roussin announced that any person who shares a household with a positive case will be required to self-isolate.

On top of that, if someone is identified as a close contact but lives in a different home, their entire household also needs to self-isolate until a negative test result is obtained by the close contact.

Roussin also announced that all close contacts will be mandated to self-isolate for the full 14-days, regardless of test results.

Four cases of the U.K variant — also known as the B117 variant — have been identified in the province so far, leading Dr. Brent Roussin to remind Manitobans to remain vigilant.