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COVID-19 geographic spread in Toronto breaks down in spread of, showing local hot spots in detail for first time.

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Published on May 28, 2020 with No Comments

Doug Ford says the province has identified hot spots, but has not said exactly where they are

Toronto has unveiled detailed, geographic information about the spread of the novel coronavirus, marking the first time such data has been made available in Ontario during the pandemic.

The data shows the city has recorded the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in northwest and northeast Toronto, specifically northern Etobicoke, parts of North York and northern Scarborough, neighbourhoods with higher portions of multi-unit residences and low-income residents.

“Our data confirm that COVID-19 is present in every single neighbourhood in Toronto,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health.”I believe this information, and releasing it to the public, will do far more help than it will do harm,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said Wednesday.

Below the map, the city said: “Please note there was a technical issue related to the map that has since been resolved. Some of the data published at 3:45 p.m. have been updated. We apologize for this error.”

The map previously reported a different set of numbers.

De Villa says income, access to housing and employment are key issues in areas with higher case numbers. 

But she added where a person lives is not an indication of where he or she picked up COVID-19 and people would be making a mistake if they were to think that there is a higher risk of infection by going to a particular neighbourhood of the city.

 “Areas with lower rates of COVID-19 cases are not inherently safer from a COVID-19 perspective.”

At his weekly news conference on Wednesday, Brampton mayor Patrick Brown called on the province to release hot-spot information as soon as possible “so residents know where there are areas of greater concern and areas where the virus seems to be circulating in the community.”

According to recent analysis by CBC News, the Greater Toronto Area has accounted for more than 76 per cent of Ontario’s confirmed cases since May 1st.

The Ford government has faced increasing pressure this week to share more information about where the virus is spreading in Ontario.

Health Minister Christine Elliott has said the province intends to do so, though she did not say when that will happen

 

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