Coronavirus: Tuesday update from Manitoba health officials

Manitoba health officials will update the province on the current novel coronavirus situation at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Global News will livestream the press conference here.

Manitoba currently has 96 probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19. One person has died. Four people are currently in hospital, one in ICU, and two people have recovered.

On Monday, the province announced a new public health order that closes all non-essential businesses starting Wednesday.

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Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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