The worst Covid scorching spot in North America now could be Manitoba, Canada.

The coronavirus is now spreading faster in Manitoba than any other province or state in Canada, the United States, or Mexico. Indigenous and colored people are disproportionately affected.

Figures released on Wednesday show that the Prairie Province of central Canada has reported an average of 35 new cases per 100,000 per day over the past two weeks. Canada as a whole averages 10 per day per 100,000; the United States 7 per 100,000; and Mexico 2 per 100,000. The next higher states or provinces are Alberta with 16 and Colorado with 15.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, the leader of the Manitoba First Nation Pandemic Response Coordination Team for Public Health, told reporters Wednesday that from the beginning of the month through May 19, 61 percent of the cases in Manitoba were indigenous and other non-white people, despite being 37 Make up percent of the province’s population.

People of Southeast Asian descent are most disproportionately affected at 146 per 1,000 people, 13 times the rate among whites.

The surge in Covid-19 cases has overwhelmed intensive care units at Manitoba hospitals, forcing some patients to be evacuated by air to other provinces. Eighteen patients were flown to neighboring Ontario, including some to Ottawa, about 1,000 miles away. Saskatchewan, the province to the west, was due to receive an evacuated patient from Manitoba on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a group of doctors urged the province to follow the example of Ontario and others by introducing a stay-at-home order and closing non-essential businesses. These steps have allowed other provinces to contain their recent waves of infections.

Shops in Manitoba were limited to 10 percent of capacity, and gyms and hair salons have been closed for several weeks. On Tuesday, Provincial Prime Minister Brian Pallister extended the restrictions on outdoor gatherings held last weekend. They now last until the end of this week.

Mr Pallister suggested Tuesday that the worsening situation in the province was not caused by too few restrictions, but rather by people not complying with the restrictions already in place.

“I no longer have much sympathy for people who knowingly and willingly violate public health rules,” he said.