City’s top doctor says flare is likely linked to Thanksgiving as Toronto reports 300 new COVID-19 cases

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Toronto reported 300 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday after a weekend marked by a record number of new infections in the province.In a briefing Monday, Dr Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health, said the outbreak comes two weeks after Thanksgiving Monday.

“I think it’s reasonable to think that part of the surge we’re seeing in Toronto has to do with Thanksgiving,” she said.

Between Thanskgiving on Monday, October 12 and October 23, de Villa said the city had registered 3,907 new cases.

The steady rise in the number of cases comes even as Toronto, as well as the region of Peel and Ottawa, have been subject to amended Stage 2 restrictions in the past two weeks.

According to data from Toronto Public Health (TPH), the seven-day moving average of new cases in Toronto is 288.

TPH has reported a total number of cases of 26,586 since the start of the pandemic on Saturday. Of these, 22,286 were marked as resolved.

As of Thursday, 30 healthcare facilities – which include long-term care homes and hospitals – are experiencing outbreaks. Eleven schools in Toronto are also experiencing outbreaks.

Hospitalizations are on the rise, with 132 people currently hospitalized with the virus. A total of 1,350 have died in Toronto after contracting COVID-19.

Free delivery to support local restaurants

Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory announced an incentive for residents to order food from local businesses.

Starting today, more than 1,000 local restaurants enrolled in the Open for Business program – the city’s collaboration with foodservice Ritual and DoorDash – will be able to offer free shipping through November 8.

During the two-week promotion, residents can order food from qualifying restaurants through Ritual without incurring delivery charges. Delivery charges will also be waived for the local business.

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