Loading articles...

Total number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto surpasses 1,000

Last Updated Apr 4, 2020 at 5:23 pm EDT

A Toronto Public Health sign is seen at Dundas and Victoria streets on Aug. 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto has surpassed 1,000 after 101 new cases were reported on Saturday.

Toronto Public Health says there are 823 confirmed cases in the city with another 203 probable cases.

Of those, 125 people are now hospitalized with 53 of them in the ICU.

The number of deaths due to coronavirus has jumped up to 25 from 13 the previous day.

Health officials did not give any further explanation for the sudden increase, however, earlier in the week Dr. Eileen de Villa said a number of deaths previously reported were being further investigated to determine if they were indeed coronavirus-related.

It seems people are still not getting the full message regarding the closure of parks and amenities across the city.

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre says an enforcement blitz underway this weekend, targeting busy parks and other emerging problem areas across the city, had turned away more than 100 vehicles from Humber East and West parking lots as of 1 p.m.

By-law enforcement officers along with Toronto police are out in parks across the city, educating people on social distancing guidelines. A new by-law introduced this past week means those people who violate social distancing measures can be handed a $1,000 ticket with the potential fine being upwards of $5,000.

Since provincial emergency measures were introduced and the City closed all parks and amenities, 3-1-1 has received over 1,400 complaints related to irresponsible behaviour in parks.