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Mayor John Tory to self-isolate under new travel measures announced by the City

Last Updated Mar 13, 2020 at 6:12 pm EDT

Toronto Mayor John Tory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

The mayor of Canada’s largest city is in self-isolation as part of new measures announced by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor John Tory, who returned from a business trip to London, England on Wednesday, says he will be in self-isolation for the next 12 days.

“Right now, I have no symptoms whatsoever and feel great,” he said in a statement.

Dr. Eileen de Villa is also asking residents who have travelled outside the country within the past 14 days to self-isolate.

“Since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Toronto, I have always stressed the importance of following the advice of our medical experts,” said Tory.

Tory is the second member of Toronto City Council to go into self-isolation after councillor Josh Matlow self-isolated after coming in contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus at a recent convention in the city.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also in self-isolation after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to Britain.

“The measures she has recommended and which City staff are now implementing are focused on doing everything we can to protect our city, the health and well-being of its residents, and, undoubtedly after some considerable short term dislocation, to protect the success that is Toronto in 2020,” said Tory.

De Villa says with respect to the Ontario Medical Officer of Health recommendation to avoid crowds of 250 people or more, this “does not include the use of public transit.”

Watch: A look inside Toronto’s COVID-19 emergency headquarters


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