Toronto has reported 264 new COVID-19 cases since Friday.
On Monday, the city’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, confirmed the numbers and said the total in Toronto is now 16,873, with 25 in hospital and five in ICU.
“We’re continuing to see a steady and worrisome increase of new COVID-19 infections,” she said.
de Villa said that some of the cases were traced back to a big family gathering that had no masks and “too much close contact.” She noted that the family thought they couldn’t get the disease from each other.
Other cases were traced to a family trip where part of the time was spent with a person confirmed to have COVID-19.
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Another location identified was a busy restaurant where a performer was moving from table-to-table unmasked. Also, people had to lean in to speak to each other in order to be heard over the loud music.
“An asymptomatic carrier could easily spread infection to others in this setting,” de Villa said.
“It doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with family and friends or that one place is safe and one isn’t. Every place is a question of low, medium and high risk, and it’s determined in part on what goes on there and what steps you take for self protection.”
de Villa noted that “we should expect our case count to go higher.”
Mayor John Tory also said he is “deeply concerned” about the increase of cases.
He emphasized that if you see a party that’s overcrowded and people are not wearing masks, then you should leave. Or if a bar looks busy, don’t go inside.
“Know the places and settings not to be in, and avoid them,” Tory said.