With Ontario in its second wave, Toronto's top doctor is begging the province to give her more power to shut down non-essential businesses in the city.

Dr. Eileen de Villa is also urging Torontonians not to leave their homes unless absolutely essential.

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"Prohibiting indoor dining [and] only leave [your] homes for essential trips.

Dr. Eileen de Villa

"The number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto continues to increase, with the city at risk of experiencing exponential growth," said the City's statement.

It also describes the trajectory of Toronto's COVID-19 cases, which increased "almost six-fold" in September.

De Villa is asking Premier Ford to grant her more authority to take action.

"It is my duty as medical officer of health to do what it takes to break the dangerous chain of transmission and so I have asked the Province to support us through legislation or by granting me further authority to act," she said.

The province announced on Friday that restrictions at restaurants, bars, and gyms are tightening in Toronto, to limit capacity indoors and ramp up contact tracing efforts.

 
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