The daily update on COVID-19 in Manitoba reports 64 new cases of the virus — three of which are variants of concern.

Manitoba has now identified a total of six cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the U.K. variant.

Health officials are also reporting two cases of the B.1.351 variant, also known as the South Africa variant. 

The variant cases identified Tuesday are all from the Winnipeg health region.

Public health is also reporting two deaths today — a man in his 70s from the Interlake—Eastern health region, as well as a man in his 50s linked to an outbreak at a Winnipeg hospital.

Today the province announced which measures will be relaxed under the new health order taking effect Friday. Click here to read more.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4% provincially and 3.2% in Winnipeg. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 31,950.

The provincial data shows there are 1,151 active cases and 29,901 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 69 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 118 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (187 hospitalizations total).

There are 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care (25 ICU patients total).

The total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 898.  

Today’s new COVID-19 cases are from the following health regions:
· three cases in Interlake–Eastern health region
· 16 cases in the Northern health region
· two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
· seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
· 36 cases in the Winnipeg health region

According to the province’s data, there are active cases of COVID-19 in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (0), Riding Mountain (0), Duck Mountain (2), Porcupine Mountain (2) and Asessippi (4). Brandon has 2 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 2 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 8.