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New restrictions take effect in Manitoba as Ontario awaits new COVID-19 projections

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. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the top U.S. public health agency said that coronavirus can spread greater distances through the air than 6 feet, particularly in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials continued to say such spread is uncommon, and current social distancing guidelines still make sense. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Manitoba is entering the first day of a partial lockdown meant to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases while Ontario is set to release new projections after setting a record for daily infections.

Manitoba has the biggest per-capita caseload of active infections in Canada and reported its deadliest day Wednesday with nine new fatalities.

Social gatherings in the province are limited to five people, in-person religious services are cancelled and non-essential stores and restaurants can only offer curbside pickup or delivery.

Bars, museums and theatres are closed and recreational activities suspended. Schools remain open.

Meanwhile, public health officials in Ontario are expected to release new projections today for how the virus might spread in the province.

Two weeks ago, it was predicted that new daily infections would hold steady between 800 and 1,200 for a while.

Provincial data indicates the seven-day average for daily cases stands at 1,217.

Ontario reported a record-breaking 1,575 new infections today, along with 18 more deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Quebec reported 1,365 new COVID-19 cases and 42 more deaths attributed to the virus, including nine in the last 24 hours.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press