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Toronto's top doctor concerned with local COVID-19 cases on the rise

Last Updated Sep 2, 2020 at 5:09 pm EDT

A man and woman wearing protective face masks walk along Bloor Street in Toronto on Aug. 29, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin

Toronto’s medical officer of health is worried about what the future holds given the city’s latest COVID-19 numbers.

Speaking today, doctor Eileen de Villa says signs are pointing to a second wave arriving sooner, rather than later.

“In Toronto, we continue to see new COVID-19 activity. Our local numbers are starting to increase again, with 48 new COVID-19 infections since yesterday (Tuesday),” de Villa said.

“This week alone in Toronto, there have been 123 new infections. This is concerning for all of us. As I shared in my last update, it isn’t a matter of if we see more COVID-19 activity in our city. It’s a matter of when. I’m concerned because this is now what we’re starting to see.”

Cases have steadily increased each day in Toronto, with 48 new cases reported on Wednesday, 43 on Tuesday, compared to 26 new infections on Monday.

 

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De Villa says we need to be careful and vigilant in our actions to keep each other safe as we return to school, our workplaces, and spend more time inside with cooler temperatures on the horizon.

“Back to school is a time of year typically filled with excitement. This year, many are feeling uneasy about this. Some may be worried about their child’s ability to follow directions of physical distancing or wearing a mask,” de Villa said.

“Make sure your child’s make fits comfortably and covers their nose, mouth, and chin. Send at least two clean masks with your child to school each day and explain to them when they should change it.”

De Villa also stressed to parents not to let their children share their masks with friends.

Ontario reported 133 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

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