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The Manitoba government is reimposing a travel restriction in the province’s north as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the south.

People are being told to avoid non-essential travel to the region starting Thursday, although there are exceptions for work, health care and other matters.

A similar ban was put in place in the spring to protect remote communities, but it was lifted in late June as COVID-19 numbers across the province dropped.

The province is reporting 28 new COVID-19 cases, including 13 in the Prairie Mountain health region where numbers have spiked in recent weeks.

That brings the total cases so far across Manitoba to 1,214, including 469 active cases.

Chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says community transmission rates in Winnipeg and Brandon have risen in recent weeks, and the average number of contacts for each case is up as well.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, says it is important that each school have a plan to prepare for 'inevitable' COVID-19 outbreaks.

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