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Death of Manitoba man in his 40s linked to COVID-19 variant, 291 new cases reported

COVID-19 victim — a man in his 40s from the Winnipeg area — had been stricken ill by the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the United Kingdom.He is the 980th Manitoban with COVID-19 to die since March 2020, and his death is the 11th linked to a variant of concern.

Manitoba expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults in 3 more Winnipeg neighbourhoods The number of B.1.1.7 variant cases in Manitoba has been steadily growing since the first infection was identified in the province in mid-February.As of Tuesday Manitoba had reported 1,621 cases of the more contagious strain and four of the 12 COVID-19 deaths reported over the last week have been connected to the variant.The number of variant cases reported in Manitoba grew to 2,705.

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