Coronavirus: MKO bans non-essential travel from northern Manitoba reserves

First Nations in northern Manitoba are bringing in new rules to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Garrison Settee says First Nations are more at risk because of over-crowded households, less access to medical treatment and because many people have complex health problems.

The plans include banning all non-essential travel in and out of the reserves.

None of the 15 cases of the novel coronavirus in Manitoba are linked to a First Nation.

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