One-fifth of Toronto's new COVID-19 infections admit to having friends over

Dec 1 2020, 5:14 pm

As Toronto Public Health broke its daily case count record for the second day in a row, source of infection data suggests 21% of the newly infected patients had people over to their home in the days before their diagnosis.

Dr. Eileen de Villa shared these findings from the city’s Source of Infection Survey in a news release Tuesday.

“While most cases reporting close contact with a known COVID-19 case identified their spouse or partner (21%) as the case, the next most common relationships reported were friends (16%) and co-workers (16%),” she said.

“These data are reminders that limiting your contacts to your household is the best way to prevent COVID-19 during this high case activity time.”

Toronto discovered another 761 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, marking two straight days of the city breaking its previous daily case count record.

De Villa also noted it’s likely these infections were acquired before Toronto went into lockdown, and it will take several more days to see results from the increased restrictions.

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