First Nations leaders are urging people to stop travelling within Manitoba after the number of highly contagious variant cases on reserves doubled in three days.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, a medical officer with the First Nations pandemic response team, says 26 cases were reported yesterday and 14 on Tuesday.

Off-reserve First Nations reported 45 variant cases Tuesday and then 91 new cases yesterday.

Anderson says that's a very quick doubling time and notes that First Nations people have more severe outcomes from COVID-19 than members of the general population.