Toronto Mayor John Tory and town’s high physician say they’re totally supportive of the province’s determination to maneuver Toronto and Peel Area to a state of lockdown subsequent week.
“We requested the province for additional actions, as a result of the numbers proceed to go within the improper course, regardless of the Metropolis of Toronto having the strictest present restrictions within the province,” Tory mentioned at a information convention late Friday afternoon.
He added that “we will not have a wholesome financial system and construct again higher if persons are sick and proceed to get sick in higher and higher numbers.”
Tory’s feedback got here simply 30 minutes after a information convention during which Premier Doug Ford introduced a fresh lockdown for Toronto and Peel Region to include runaway unfold of the COVID-19 virus.
Toronto and Peel Area shall be in a state of lockdown as of Monday as case numbers proceed to surge and hospitalizations rise to some extent the place they threaten to delay surgical procedures and overwhelm the system.
Numbers launched by Toronto Public Well being Friday afternoon present 174 persons are presently hospitalized with COVID-19 within the metropolis, whereas there are round four,400 energetic circumstances in Toronto.
Talking alongside Tory, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Eileen de Villa mentioned “there isn’t a doubt” that the province’s determination is the proper determination.
She mentioned Toronto has reported 16,630 circumstances since Oct. 1. That implies that 45 per cent of all of Toronto’s circumstances for the reason that begin of the pandemic have occurred for the reason that starting of October.
“We should act firmly to disrupt COVID-19 and its capacity to threaten and hurt us. We all know we will flip these numbers round,” de Villa mentioned. “We additionally know what occurs when the virus spreads uncontrolled. We’re seeing it now in the USA and in Europe. This isn’t what I wish to see for Toronto.”
Whereas de Villa has at occasions been at odds with the province over whether or not measures for town have been robust sufficient, each she and Tory shrugged off questions on timing and mentioned they’re happy the province is taking motion now.
“The underside line right here is that the premier and the Authorities of Ontario, in partnership with us and other people from Peel and elsewhere had the braveness to do immediately, what’s the proper factor,” Tory mentioned. “And now we will transfer ahead and it is going to trigger numerous hardship for many individuals, however I believe in the long run goes to be higher as a result of we’ll be in a greater place on the finish of this era when it comes to coping with this virus and truly defending the financial system and defending healthcare and defending folks’s lives.
“Nevertheless it’s virtually inconceivable to know precisely what the proper time is or precisely how a lot to do on a given day. You do your greatest and that is what all people’s been doing, together with us and together with the premier.”
In a letter despatched to the province earlier this week, De Villa laid out the varieties of actions she thinks are essential to cease the unfold of the virus, although she has remained tight-lipped in regards to the contents of the letter.
Talking with reporters Friday, she wouldn’t say particularly which measures on her checklist the province agreed to.
“We requested for quite a lot of measures which can be actually centered on lowering these alternatives for folks to collect and I believe which you can see that the province has taken that request significantly,” de Villa mentioned.
Nonetheless she did say that there are “nonetheless some areas we’re engaged on collectively” akin to assist for individuals who have to take day off from work as a result of they’re sick or feeling unwell.
Stating that many individuals don’t have financial savings to fall again on or jobs the place they receives a commission in the event that they aren’t at work, de Villa mentioned extra must be achieved to assist folks whose livelihoods could also be impacted COVID-19.
“That’s the reason I’m including my voice to these urging senior ranges of presidency to search out methods to assist folks virtually by means of the subsequent few weeks – partially as a result of it can enable extra folks to remain safely at house and that may assist scale back and forestall the unfold of an infection, which is why we’re doing this to start with,” de Villa mentioned.
Whereas some companies have mentioned lockdown measures are too dangerous for the financial system, Tory mentioned they’re essential to make it possible for in the end, the financial system can proceed to perform.
“Now we have to cease this virus now to save lots of lives, defend our most susceptible and in the end, to guard our financial system,” Tory mentioned.
Tory reiterated a easy message: “Please keep house as a lot as doable.”
He urged folks to buy groceries simply as soon as per week for necessities and to do different outside actions alone as a lot as doable in the intervening time.
De Villa additionally cautioned that though the chance of transmission outdoor is decrease “that doesn’t imply it’s zero.”
“I believe that it is necessary that individuals understand that though the chance is decrease in outside settings, it doesn’t suggest that it is zero, notably in these occasions the place folks get collectively in a really relaxed surroundings with family and friends,” she mentioned.
Tory mentioned town can be persevering with its efforts to deliver extra testing to extra folks wherever mandatory. The town has not too long ago centered its efforts particularly on the northwest nook of town the place positivity charges have been a lot greater.