Toronto coronavirus figures sound ‘stark warning’ as city registers 761 new cases: from Villa

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Toronto’s top doctor said the latest COVID-19 data collected for the city should send an urgent warning to residents to change their behavior.

Toronto reported 761 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 643 set a day earlier on Monday.

“Today’s tally of cases is a stark warning,” Medical Officer of Health Dr Eileen de Villa said in a statement. “COVID-19 continues to spread easily and widely.”

De Villa pointed out that young adults (people aged 20 to 49) account for more than half (57%) of current new cases, including 167 people in their 20s, 154 in their 30s and 112 in their 40s. .

“It’s a warning that everyone, at all ages, shares the risk of infection, just as we all have the ability to reduce the risk through the actions and choices we take over the next few weeks,” he said. declared from Villa.

She said data gleaned from the city’s new source of infection investigation, given to those who tested positive for the virus, also shed light on where people are infected.

One in five respondents confirmed attending a gathering of less than 10 people at either their home or someone else’s during the time they acquired COVID-19.

“While most cases reporting close contact with a known case of COVID-19 identified their spouse or partner (21%) as the case, the other most frequently reported relationships were friends (16%) and co-workers (16%). Said de Villa. “A total of 35% of cases reporting close contact indicated that their close contact with known cases was only non-family contact.”

She said the latest data underscored the importance of limiting contact with people outside your household in order to contain the spread of the virus. She noted that some of the cases reported today would have contracted their infections before new lockdown restrictions imposed on the city a week ago.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Toronto also climbed from 13 on Tuesday to 258. Another patient with COVID-19 entered the intensive care unit, for a total of 49.

While the province reported a slightly lower number of new cases (727) for Toronto on Tuesday, the discrepancy stems from the city and province using different data entry systems, each with its own cut-off time for reporting cases. case.

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