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CP NewsAlert: Manitoba government prolongs COVID-19 restrictions for two more weeks

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is extending its COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and businesses for another two weeks.

The province’s hief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, says case numbers and hospitalizations remain high and the health system is under great strain.

The announcement means a ban on social gatherings, both indoors and out, that was due to expire Saturday will now run until June 12.

The same goes for a rule that requires only one person per household to enter a store or other business.

Public schools in Winnipeg, Brandon and some other areas that have switched to remote learning will have to continue until the week of June 7.

The province is reporting 297 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths.

The Canadian Press