Health officials announce 32 new coronavirus cases in Toronto

Mar 21 2020, 2:31 pm

Officials with the City of Toronto said they have identified 32 more cases of coronavirus in the city as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 193.

And out of that total number, 10 people are currently in hospital.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday afternoon, the city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa continued to encourage people to “limit their social interactions as much as possible” in light of the growing number of cases.

“We are doing this to protect the health and safety of all of our residents,” she said, noting this includes protecting those who work in the city’s critical and essential services.

“It helps them to keep healthy so that they can do their jobs, so that our city can run safely.”

de Villa said health officials continue to see more cases of COVID-19, and that some have been spread through community transmission.

Compounding the situation even further is the fact that “we are now expecting an influx of returning travellers coming home from March break travel,” she said. “Many of these travellers have recently been to areas where COVID-19 is circulating.”

As such, de Villa said her message to returning travellers is “to stay home for 14 days, even if you don’t have symptoms of illness. This is critical. It’s critical to protect yourself, your family, and your community.”

She also asked those returning travellers who need to re-stock their fridge or cupboards to order their groceries online, or ask a family member or close friend to pick them up.

“We all have a responsibility to help reduce virus spread,” she added. “So please, stay home, stay safe, and take care of each other.”