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Manitoba records 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab NIAID-RML via AP)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba health officials are reporting 85 more cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a provincial release.

Of the new cases, 68 are from the Winnipeg health region.

The total number of active cases in Manitoba is 1,648.

The death toll remains at 38. There are 28 people in hospital, and five in intensive care.

As case numbers continue to rise, Manitoba is introducing new restrictions in the greater Winnipeg area.

Starting Monday, and lasting for two weeks, gatherings will be limited to five people. That will also be the maximum allowed to sit together at a restaurant table.

Beverage rooms, bingo halls and casinos will have to close, while restaurants, lounges, retail stores, museums and libraries will be limited to half capacity.

–with files from The Canadian Press.