Toronto wants municipalities to have special considerations for easing COVID-19 restrictions

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Toronto has continued to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, which raises the question of whether the city, and other large urban areas like it, need special considerations when it comes to relaxing restrictions.

In recent weeks, the city has often accounted for about half of all new COVID-19 cases in Ontario.


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It was the same story Wednesday, when 152 new infections were reported in Toronto, while 292 cases were reported from across the province.

The mayor of Toronto and his medical officer of health have both said they would like the province to take into account the individual needs of the city before relaxing the restrictions further.

“The city is different because of its size, the way its population is organized in denser circumstances,” said Mayor John Tory.

He said he hoped the province would take into account these unique characteristics.

“In terms of timing, in terms of time has allowed us to make some of the changes that need to be made in these areas. I think they understand that Toronto and the GTA are different. “

So far, Tory has said he feels the province has listened.

Dr. Eileen de Villa said that municipalities should be seen as patients, in whom comprehensive treatment may not take into account the unique symptoms that may require special attention.

“Each of us will touch different points in our own way, at our own pace,” said de Villa.

When asked if municipalities need more control due to the unique climates in their own regions, Premier Doug Ford said the last word is in the hands of local medical officers of health.

“Every local chief medical officer of health can afford to shut down their area,” said Ford, citing the cult. 22 of the Health Act.


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Health Minister Christine Elliott supported the call, saying that when the restrictions are relaxed, local health officials may choose to act slowly.

Despite the message of giving in to expertise and need in specific geographic areas, political science professor Nelson Wiseman said the province will have the final say.

“At the end of the day, the province is in the driver’s seat, it can do whatever it wants, it can override local health authorities, local mayors, etc.,” he said.

“But I don’t think that is what they are going to do and it is not what they want to do. “

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