TORONTO – The City of Toronto continues to see increases in the number of cases of COVID-19. Officials report on Sunday that there have been 200 more cases, an increase to 10,035 cases in total in the city.
Sixty-four percent of the new cases of COVID-19 are in the Greater Toronto area.
Those cases represent a large percentage of the overall increase in cases reported today in Ontario, as the numbers province-side have spiked upward by 460 new cases of COVID-19 as reported earlier on Sunday.
This represents the fourth straight day that the new daily case numbers have risen over the 400 reports.
The 460 cases reported today are the second-highest number of new daily cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario since May 8th when 477 new cases were recorded.
In Toronto city officials have remained very concerned that despite all of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act ordered in place that many people appear to be ignoring the rules.
In total 377 people in Toronto are in the hospital. 93 of those individuals are in intensive care. 7,397 people have recovered from the virus in the city.
To date 759 people have died of COVID-19.
Premier Ford went live on his Youtube channel today to ask Ontarians to please keep social distancing and to not give this virus a chance.
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. While healthy residents are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect, requiring people who are not from the same household to maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square.
Toronto enforcement teams remain very focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders.
Officials state that “Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary. Officers issued 14 tickets in parks yesterday, for a total of 90 parks tickets issued this month. Officers have also spoken to or cautioned more than 5,000 people – including more than 370 people yesterday.”
Four of yesterday’s parks tickets were issued in Trinity Bellwoods Park. In many areas of the parks, residents were complying with the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. In the problem areas, the volume of park-goers and numbers that were publicly intoxicated was a challenge for enforcement officers. Today, additional officers are in the park, with more intensive efforts that started earlier in the day and will continue into this evening.
Any two or more people who are not members of the same household, and who fail to keep at least two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket – which is the applicable set fine for the City’s Physical Distancing Bylaw. The public is also reminded that tickets can be issued for those who consume or have open alcohol in a public space; these fines are $100 and will be a part of enforcement in problematic parks.
The Toronto City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures.