Manitoba reports no coronavirus deaths for first time since October

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For the first time in months, Manitoba health officials are reporting no new deaths connected to COVID-19.

The last time Manitoba went a day without reporting at least one COVID-19-related death was Oct. 20, according to data kept by Global News.

Read more: Manitoba reports 2 additional coronavirus deaths, 97 new cases

But the province also announced 76 new cases of the virus across the province Tuesday and said another case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, which was first discovered in the U.K., has been identified in the province.

A release from the province didn’t say what part of the province the latest case of the B.1.1.7 variant was identified, whether or not the person has recovered, or where the person acquired the virus.

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Manitoba has now recorded five lab-confirmed cases of the variant of concern, which is thought to be up to 70 per cent more contagious than other variants.

The previous four cases have all been linked to travel, and health officials have said all four people have since recovered…

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