City of Toronto update on COVID-19, vaccine rollout and public-health order – April 21, 2021
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In Toronto, Mayor John Tory, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, and Matthew Pegg, the general manager of Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management, provide an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). The mayor announces a “sprint strategy” to ramp up vaccinations in 13 of the city’s hotspot postal codes. Mobile vaccine clinics will be set up in those neighbourhoods during the weeks of April 19 and 26. Dr. de Villa discusses her decision to issue a
public-health order to close workplaces where there have been more than five COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period. Peel Region has issued a similar order. Workplace outbreaks have been identified as a significant contributor to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The update comes as Toronto breaks its record for the number of people with COVID-19 in hospital and in an intensive care unit.