Manitoba goes into a self-imposed economic and social hibernation starting today to try to bring surging COVID-19 numbers under control.

The province has been struggling to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus since it started spiking in recent weeks after a summer lull.

Gatherings are limited to five people, but the restriction does not apply to those who live in the same household.

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

The province reported 5,676 active cases yesterday -- the deadliest day of the pandemic for Manitoba, with nine new deaths for a total of 123.


With files from the Canadian Press