Toronto imposes mandatory quarantine for infected to help contain COVID-19
By The Canadian PressCOVID-19 Updates News City of Toronto COVID-19 Dr. Eileen de Villa mayor john tory
TORONTO — Canada’s most populous city has imposed a mandatory home quarantine on residents infected with COVID-19, as officials move to “aggressively halt” the spread of the virus.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says the new measures, recommended by the city’s chief medical officer, were to be implemented immediately and remain in place for up to 12 weeks.
They include an order that all those infected with COVID-19 stay home for 14 days, as well as anyone who has come in contact with them.
Those who are not ill and have not travelled are “strongly directed” to stay home, except to access health care, do a weekly grocery shop, exercise or walk their dogs.
The city’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, says she will use every power legally available to her to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
She notes that two weeks ago, there were 145 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, with 10 in hospital and no deaths. As of Tuesday, she said, the city has 763 cases, with 66 in hospital and eight deaths.
“In terms of our case counts, in the last two weeks, we have seen a more than 500 per cent increase,” she said in a news conference Wednesday.
“This is not a favourable trajectory…. I am deeply concerned.”
City officials urged the public to adhere to the new orders and recommendations, adding fines could be issued for non-compliance.
More measures may be imposed as needed in the future, they said.
“If we do not take these actions today, the city will see substantially increased loss of life, and may not begin to recover, economically and as a society, until the end of 2020,” the city said in a news release.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 1, 2020.
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