Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday:
Toronto police lay 230 charges in 1st week of enforcement on gatherings
Toronto police says its dedicated enforcement teams have laid 230 charges under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in its first week.
Police said the teams were focused on large indoor events being held at short-term rentals, as well as events in closed bars and restaurants.
Officers responded to 315 incidents since April 22, including 105 calls for gatherings since Monday. Police said downtown Toronto remains the highest call area.
“The pandemic presents both public health and public safety risks. We have an enforcement team in every Division across the city and officers are dispersing large gatherings daily and laying charges against those who are ignoring the emergency order,” said Inspt. Matt Moyer.
Ontario is currently under a provincewide stay-at-home order.
Ontario government asks for mandatory 3-day hotel quarantines at land crossings
Ontario is asking the federal government to impose mandatory three-day quarantines in hotels for travellers entering Canada at land crossings.
Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones make the request in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
The province says there are reports of international travellers booking return flights into nearby American airports, taking a taxi to a United States-Canada land crossing, and walking or driving across the border.
Ontario reports 3,887 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths
Ontario is reporting 3,887 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The provincial total now stands at 463,364.
Friday’s case count is higher than Thursday’s 3,871 and Wednesday’s which saw 3,480 new infections but is the sixth day in a row cases have been lower than 4,000.
The death toll in the province has risen to 8,050 as 21 more deaths were recorded.
Status of cases in the GTA
Ontario reported 3,887 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
- 1,331 were in Toronto
- 871 were in Peel Region
- 267 were in York Region
- 208 were in Durham Region
—With files from The Canadian Press
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