Latest cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba related to travel, health officials say

No new cases were announced Friday, but the two announced Thursday involved men who were in close contact with one another and travelled together.

More than 1,000 tests for coronavirus done in Manitoba on Thursday

There are 14 active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with no new cases reported on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The latest cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba are related to out-of-province travel, public health officers say.

The two cases, identified on Thursday, are both men in their 20s from the Winnipeg health region. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Friday that the men were in close contact with one another and travelled together.

He couldn't share details on where the men went but did say it was outside of Manitoba and they became symptomatic shortly after returning. Roussin doesn't believe they were in close contact with anyone outside of their household after returning.

He repeated that the biggest threat right now in Manitoba is the importation of the disease due to travel. Within the province, the number of new cases continue to stay flat.

The grey bars illustrate the number of tests performed daily, while the red line represents the weekly average number of tests. (Jacques Marcoux/CBC)

There were no new cases announced on Friday.

The province's total number of cases since March remains at 294. Of those, 273 people have recovered and 14 cases are active.

There is no one in hospital and the number of deaths remains at seven.

An additional 1,115 laboratory tests were done Thursday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 42,306.

2nd wave worries

Despite Manitoba's low numbers, the virus is still here and there is a chance it could flare up, Roussin warned.

"With pandemics, with these types of viruses, in the past we often see that there's been more than one wave," he said, adding that no one knows for certain when a second coronavirus wave might hit, or what it might look like.

"We are preparing for a second wave that could be in the fall, and could be at the same time as [seasonal] influenza. So that's why we'll get the message out now that this year, we're really going to be encouraging that flu shot."

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