Toronto may not be fully reopened as of yet, but the last report on the COVID-19 situation showed that there were only five new cases in the city.
Over the past two days in total, there were 58 new COVID-19 infections in the city, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said during a press conference with Mayor John Tory, adding that they had confirmed only five on Monday.
“This is the lowest number of new infections that we have reported in quite some time.”
The total number of recoveries reached 13,772, with an increase of 104 reported over the weekend.
Despite the low number of local cases, Dr. de Villa said that 25% of the spread continues to be the result of community transmission and that “new infections continue to be reported each day in our city.”
“I am also concerned by what we are observing in other Canadian cities and locations globally as they reopen,” she said. “We cannot take this lightly and we must not let our guard down.”
She especially makes note of younger people, who may feel like they will not be affected if they contract the virus, or those who feel that after all this time, they will not contract it.
De Villa also proposed the creation of an isolation site for those who are unable to isolate effectively.
“Not everyone in our community is able to effectively isolate in their current living situation. An isolation site would help people who live in housing, that may be crowded or have insufficient space,” she said.
An isolation site would reduce the risk of spreading the virus to household contact, something Dr. de Villa said is one of the areas of highest transmission within the community.