Manitoba health officials reported 36 new COVID-19 cases and one death connected to the virus Tuesday.
It’s the lowest one-day increase in new cases the province has seen since early March.
The death linked to the virus was that of a man in his 70s from the Southern Health region, the province said. Manitoba’s COVID-19 death toll now sits at 1,152.
The latest cases include 24 in the Winnipeg Health region, three in the Southern Health region, two in the Prairie Mountain Health region, two in the Northern Health region, and five in the Interlake-Eastern Health region.
Provincial data shows there are 972 active cases in Manitoba, 598 of which are variants of concern. The five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.9 per cent provincially and 5.7 per cent in Winnipeg.
Two previously announced cases have been removed due to what the province calls data corrections, bringing Manitoba’s total reported caseload to 56,516.
As of Tuesday morning, officials said there were 155 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19, down one from Wednesday.
Of those in hospital as a result of the virus, 42 are in ICU, including six receiving critical care in Ontario.
Health officials said 989 tests for COVID-19 were completed Monday.
Manitoba reported 65 new cases and one death connected to the virus Monday.
Rise in Delta variant numbers
Meanwhile, the latest provincial data on variants of concern shows the Delta strain, first identified in India, is continuing to spread in Manitoba.
According to a provincial online database keeping track of variants, Manitoba has now seen 381 cases of the Delta strain, up from the 275 reported when the site was last updated Saturday.