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COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Toronto, as they are in B.C.

A sign points to the direction of a COVID-19 assessment centre at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on March 26, 2020. CITYNEWS/Daniel Frechette
Summary

Toronto's COVID-19 cases are up after the city entered Stage 3 of its recovery plan

University of Toronto epidemiologist says increase was entirely predictable

Rise in cases of COVID-19 is also being recorded in B.C.

TORONTO – It seems Toronto is experiencing the same thing British Columbia is, at least when it comes to the rise of COVID-19 cases again.

Since entering Stage 3 of Ontario’s pandemic recovery plan, COVID-19 case numbers are up in the city.

Toronto public health says the seven-day average has risen from 16 to 25 coronavirus cases a day so far in August.

An epidemiologist at the University of Toronto says this was entirely predictable.

Doctor David Fisman tells the Toronto Star the recent increases were lower than they would have been had people not followed the city’s mask bylaw. However, he warns with more contact comes more transmission, and everyone needs to keep following safe practices.

The city’s chief medical officer of health, doctor Eileen de Villa, says “I know that we are feeling COVID fatigue, but so far we have avoided much worse situations observed in other jurisdictions.”

There were 33 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto on Monday. The city entered Stage 3 at the end of July.

Related article: B.C. sets daily record with 109 COVID-19 cases

This came after B.C. set a daily record over the weekend for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a 24 hour period. Between Friday and Saturday, B.C. reported 109 new cases.

“As we live with COVID-19 in our communities, our goals continue to be clear, we need to minimize our new cases, for our own personal safety measure,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Monday.

Henry noted B.C.’s transmission rate remains low, despite the new cases.