Manitoba health officials stressed the importance of physical distancing during a Sunday briefing on the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province’s chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin called on Manitobans to stay home and steer clear of family gatherings despite the upcoming Easter holiday, stating that there have been cases of the novel coronavirus being transmitted during these types of gatherings in other provinces.

Roussin also said that a presumptive case of COVID-19 reported at the Betel Home in Gimli, Man., was a false positive.

The province reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 203. There have been two COVID-19-related deaths to date.

Eleven Manitobans have been hospitalized and seven are in intensive care. Seventeen people have recovered.

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