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Toronto's top doctor details where rise of COVID-19 infections are coming from

Last Updated Sep 14, 2020 at 5:17 pm EDT

People line up to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing centre in Toronto on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

As Toronto deals with an increase in daily COVID-19 infections, the city’s top doctor shared some recent examples attributing where the spike is coming from.

Alongside Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health, doctor Eileen de Villa, says large gatherings are resulting in more and more positive cases.

“We know of a big family gathering where there was very little mask wearing and too much close contact,” de Villa said.

“Our case investigators were told by those involved ‘we’re family. we didn’t think we could get this disease from each other’. We also know of an infection that resulted from a family trip.”

Doctor de Villa says there were also reports over the weekend of a busy restaurant where a performer was moving from table to table un-masked and people had to speak loudly to be heard.

She says it’s a prime example of how the virus can spread.

“It doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with family or friends. It doesn’t mean you should stop going about your daily life,” she added.

“Every place is a question of low, medium and high risk determined in part by what does on there and in a very big part by what steps for self protection you take while you’re there.”

Mayor Tory says he, too, is deeply concerned with the rise of cases across the city and that health officials, including doctor de Villa, will continue to share daily details around the COVID-19 cases in Toronto.

“I think this is important for the public to know how the virus is spreading across our community. This information will help us to make sure we’re focusing our efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the right places and in the right ways.”

Premier Doug Ford continues to urge the public on limiting large social gatherings, maintaining that busy bars and restaurants are not necessarily behind the rise in cases.

Toronto is reporting 264 new COVID-19 infections since Friday.

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