Toronto sees increase in COVID-19 cases among residents 40 and under, says top doctor


Toronto’s top doctor said that over the past two weeks, the city has seen a noticeable increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in people under the age of 40.This includes residents aged 20 to 39, as well as those 19 and under, Dr Eileen de Villa said at an afternoon press conference.

“I know we are all feeling COVID-related fatigue and we would like to put this pandemic behind us,” she said, but everyone must continue to follow the advice of Toronto Public Health.

“The importance of this cannot be overstated,” she added.

De Villa said the city saw 33 more confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus today. A total of 15,808 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Toronto since the first case on January 25.

From these:

  • 14,350 people have recovered (about 90 percent).
  • 1,165 people died from the disease (around 7.5%).
  • 12 percent were hospitalized.
  • Just under 3% were admitted to intensive care units.

The average age of those infected is 44, and men and women have been affected in almost equal numbers.

The majority of cases in Toronto trace back to close contact with an infected person, de Villa said. The risk of contracting the novel coronavirus will only increase as the reopening process continues.

Toronto has been in Stage 3 of Ontario’s plan to reopen for almost a month, and de Villa said she was encouraged by the current data.

“This is good news for us. But we cannot take this progress for granted, or confuse it with a return to normalcy. We are not and we have to remember that, ”she told reporters.

“The reality is that we all have to live with this virus and be very careful until effective treatments and vaccines become available. “


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