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Toronto calls for stricter measures in Stage 3
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 20, 2020
The province reported 166 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 164 cases on Sunday. (iStock.com)

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‘Mini-resurgence’ of COVID-19 

The province reported 166 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 164 cases on Sunday — a slight increase over recent trends. Epidemiologist David Fisman tweeted that there appears to be a “mini-resurgence” of the disease across Canada, though he cautioned that it’s “not a reason to panic.” He added that “the need for ongoing vigilance, active surveillance, and week-by-week decision making on what to keep open, is great.” 

Toronto wants stricter Stage 3 measures 

The City of Toronto wants a number of safety protocols, including mandatory mask use in restaurants and bars, added to Stage 3 of Ontario’s economic reopening plan. “It takes only one case (perhaps asymptomatic) in a bar to infect many people, possibly equivalent to several times Toronto's average daily total,” Mayor John Tory wrote in a letter to the province released yesterday. Other proposed measures include establishments maintaining a log with contact information for all patrons, and early closing times. Toronto currently remains in Stage 2.  

Divorce lawyers say business is booming 

Several lawyers told Global News that they have seen an increase in couples seeking divorce over the past few months. “The pandemic has definitely impacted people’s relationships within the home, especially considering both parties have to work from home,” says Liza Bakhshi, who practises family law at a Mississauga-based firm. Ron Shulman, who says his Toronto firm has seen a 40 per cent increase in divorce inquiries, says “this uncertainty is adding significant stress on relationships that have already been strained before COVID.” 


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