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Toronto officials hold COVID-19 update as 19 new cases confirmed in city

Toronto announced Wednesday there were 19 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the city in the last day.

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Toronto saw 19 new cases on Aug. 12, three weeks after the city entered Stage 3 which allows indoor dining. Photo taken on Aug. 11, 2020.

 

The City of Toronto is set to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. ET to address new cases of COVID-19 in the region. Dr. Vinita Dubey, the associate medical officer of health, will make the announcement at city hall this afternoon along with Mayor John Tory.

Toronto’s cases have continued to decline, as less than 20 new cases have been reported in the region per day over the last three weeks. The city entered Stage 3 on July 31, allowing indoor restaurants, bars and playgrounds to open with physical-distancing measures in place.

Ontario reported 95 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, a slight increase from just 33 cases the day before. Today’s number of cases keeps with the trend of under 100 reported daily infections in the provinces for the last several days. A total of 40,289 have been confirmed in Ontario since the pandemic began, but around 91 per cent of those cases are considered resolved.

Over 24,500 tests were processed in the province and one new death was also announced for a total of 2,787. The majority of Ontario’s new cases today are from Toronto, while Peel region had 16 cases and Ottawa announced 13 new cases.

Public Health staying vigilant under Stage 3

While Dr. Eileen de Villa said Toronto has made “significant progress” in reducing the spread of COVID-19, there’s a concern about coronavirus fatigue among young people who may feel they aren’t at risk, she said at a press conference at the end of July.

 

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Toronto Mayor John Tory provides an update on COVID-19 in the city.

 

Physical distancing must remain in place, which means no one should be spending time indoors with those outside of their social bubbles, even in Stage 3, she explained. Public health is preparing for a possible resurgence of the virus, she said.

“The reality is that COVID-19 is still here, and we need everyone to stay focused on stopping its spread. We cannot let our guard down,” she said.

CBC

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