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Manitoba Premier calls on federal government health workers in battle against COVID-19

Manitoba Premier calls on federal government health workers in battle against COVID-19

Manitoba is asking the federal government for dozens of healthcare workers to help fight the rising number of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Brian Pallister said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday morning and asked for up to 50 critical care nurses and 20 respiratory therapists.

It also searches for up to 50 contact tracers from Statistics Canada.

Pallister says officials from both levels of government have been discussing the issue for about a week and the Prime Minister has supported the idea.

Manitoba is grappling with the third wave of the pandemic, with a record number of new cases and people in intensive care.

Earlier this week, three intensive care patients were sent to Ontario to free up bed space.

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