The 6ix has broken two unwanted barriers in the battle against COVID-19 in Toronto. The city's chief medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa gave an update at the city's daily press briefing on Tuesday, April 28. There, she confirmed the city has now exceeded 5000 total cases and 300 deaths from the virus.

Dr. De Villa was speaking alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory and Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg on Tuesday.

In the briefing, she confirmed the 6ix has now exceeded 5,000 confirmed cases. In total, 305 people have now died as a direct result of the pandemic in the province.

"As of 11 o'clock this morning, there are 5,128 infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, this includes 4,647 confirmed and 481 probable cases," said Dr. de Villa during the live briefing.

Dr. De Villa added that 319 people are now in hospitals around the city and 109 of those are in the ICU.

In total, 2,930 people have recovered in Toronto.

On April 28, Canada's medical chief Dr. Theresa Tam alongside Dr. Howard Njoo had shared Canadian projections for COVID-19.

Those models predict that cases could reach as high as 66,835 and 3,883 deaths nationwide by May 5.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ontario's own medical and health staff had confirmed that the number of new cases appearing in the province had risen again for the first time in four days.

That also included a new record one-day spike in provincial deaths.

According to CTV News, Ontario and Quebec account for more than 80% of all the confirmed cases in Canada when the two provinces' statistics are put together.

Ontario currently stands at 15,381 cases after an increase of 525 overnight, according to the provincial government's official COVID-19 site.

Also earlier on Tuesday, Mayor Tory had actually suggested that if case numbers continued to slow in the 6ix, the city could begin reopening by the end of May.

Much of that naturally depends on health advice being followed by residents of the city.

And while health staff preach further caution, complaints of people being out and about all over the city plagued Toronto again last weekend. 

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