Coronavirus: Latest Developments in the Greater Toronto Area May 1

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Here is a summary of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday:

421 new cases of coronavirus in Ontario, totaling 16,608 cases with 1,121 deaths

On Friday, Ontario reported 421 new cases of new coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 16,608.

The death toll rose to 1,121, while another 39 deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 10,825 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, or 65.2% of cases.

Public health units in the Greater Toronto Area account for 59.5% of all cases in the province.

To date, the province has performed 294,054 tests for the virus. This is an increase of 16,532 tests from the previous day – the highest number of tests done in 24 hours.

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Status of COVID-19 cases in Toronto

Dr. Eileen de Villa, a Toronto medical officer of health, said Friday morning that there were 5,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 552 probable cases.

Among the confirmed and probable cases, she said that 113 of the 351 Toronto residents hospitalized were in intensive care beds.

To date, de Villa has said that 369 Toronto residents have died from COVID-19.

Cancellation of Toronto Canada Day in-person events

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The City of Toronto has announced that all in-person Canada Day events have been canceled as part of the ongoing municipal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was made at Toronto City Hall on Friday afternoon.

Events have been canceled in the following areas: Ashbridge’s Bay, Centennial Park, Milliken Park, Stan Wadlow Park, Weston Lions Park, Mel Lastman Square, East York (annual parade) and Scarborough (annual party).

Contact tracing was not performed for 52 Toronto residents who tested positive for coronavirus

De Villa announced Friday that the Toronto public health department had not contacted the search for 52 laboratory-confirmed residents against the coronavirus.

She said there was “no increased risk” to the wider community because the individuals in question were isolated.

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De Villa said an investigation was underway to find out why it happened and how to prevent it from happening again.

Ontario Authorizes Reopening Of Certain Businesses And Workplaces On May 4

The Ontario government has said it will allow certain businesses and workplaces to reopen on May 4, as long as they follow strict public health measures set out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some businesses that are allowed to restart include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.

On Monday, May 4 at 12:01 p.m., if they meet the appropriate health and safety guidelines, the province has declared that these companies will be allowed to start operations.

Regarding law enforcement, Ford told reporters that it would be for city officials across the province.

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“Smoothing the Visitor Curve” – Toronto Waterfront ZAC Asks People to Go Off-Peak

The waterfront BIA is asking people to flatten the visitor curve by visiting only Toronto’s beaches and waterfront during off-peak hours.

“Water is still a popular destination for people who want to go out and enjoy the warm weather,” said Tim Kocur, executive director of the BIA Waterfront in a press release on Friday.

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“But public health is paramount right now. We encourage everyone to stay home or visit outside of peak hours if you choose to visit the waterfront this weekend. “

Visits before 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m. are encouraged to avoid congestion and ensure physical distance.

The City of Burlington Bans Road Processions and Parades of More Than 5 Vehicles

The city of Burlington says it has banned car processions and parades – seen as a way to see loved ones on special occasions – of more than five vehicles due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“After reviewing provincial emergency orders, parades of more than five vehicles at a time would be prohibited,” the city said in a statement.

The city said visiting by car with family and friends was a unique way for people to respect physical distancing while celebrating milestones such as birthdays, weddings, retirements and progress. health by waving and applauding.

However, the city said it had noted that some of these processions had increased considerably in size, duration and frequency.

Halton area public health said it discourages parades but provided some guidelines to allow for the limited capacity of local small-scale processions.

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