Manitoba reported a single-day record of 603 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths linked to the illness on Thursday.
A woman in her 40s from Winnipeg and a man in his 70s from the Southern Health region died due infections from the B117 coronavirus variant originally detected in the U.K. The third death is a man in his 50s from Winnipeg.
So far, 1,019 people have died in Manitoba due to COVID-19, with 46 deaths reported this month.
The latest numbers come after Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said more restrictions will be announced Thursday ahead of the May long weekend.
“I think we’re in the darkest days,” he said during a Thursday news conference.
“We’ve been suffering through this pandemic because we can’t get together.… We need to suffer a little longer so that we can turn this curve.”
Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin is expected to reveal more details about the restrictions during a 4 p.m. news conference.