300 new cases of Kovid-19 were reported in Toronto on Monday, with a record new infection this weekend.
In a briefing on Monday, city health medical officer Dr Eileen de Villa said the surge would come two weeks after Thanksgiving Monday.
“I think part of the surge we’re seeing in Toronto is tied to Thanksgiving,” she said.
Thanksgiving Monday, between Oct. 12 and Oct. 23, saw 3,907 new cases in the city of De Villa.
Along with Toronto, along with the Peel Region and Ottawa, there has been a steady increase in cases despite the revised Stage 2 restrictions over the past two weeks.
According to data from the Toronto Public Health (TPH), the average number of new cases moving in Toronto in seven days is 308.
The new daily count from the beginning of the epidemic brings the total number of cases to 26,870. Of those, 22,540 were identified as resolved.
Thirty-six health care facilities – including long-term care homes and hospitals – are spread across eight schools.
132 people were hospitalized due to the virus. A total of 1,353 people have died from the COVID-19 infection in Toronto.
Free delivery to support local restaurants
Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory announced an incentive for residents to order food from local businesses.
As of Monday, more than 1,000 local restaurants participating in the Open for Business program – the city’s collaboration with food service ritual and door dash – can offer free delivery until November 8.
During the two-week promotion, residents can order food by ritual from eligible restaurants without paying a delivery fee. Delivery fees for local business are also waived.