Friday morning March 6th in the rotunda at the Manitoba Legislature, many gathered to get better awareness to the problems of drug overdoses - which too often have claimed the lives of youth and young adults in Manitoba. We heard impassioned speeches from family members. We saw the names of those who have died in recent years. It was a sobering and heart-rending event. Some photos are below.
Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March. South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory. The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions. This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14. Manitoba ( red line ) started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then. South Dakota ( blue line ) has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4. Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations