The city made a sombre announcement on Thursday, informing residents that the number of COVID-19 deaths in Toronto is now over 2,000.
Toronto commemorated the "tragic milestone" with a press release, re-stating the city's commitment to fighting COVID-19.
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We mourn all the innocent lives lost to COVID-19 with their families, friends, colleagues, and neighbours.
Mayor John Tory
To date, there have been 2,017 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.
Issued by Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and city councillor Joe Cressy, the statement comes just 18 days before the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Toronto.
According to Public Health Ontario, the first reported case of COVID-19 appeared in Toronto on January 23.*
"This grim milestone of more than 2,000 deaths in our city over the last year should remind us all that this is a deadly virus," Mayor Tory said in the statement.
"These losses in our community aren’t just numbers, they represent people who were cared for and loved. Each of these deaths represents a unique life, and someone’s family, friend or colleague." Dr. de Villa wrote.
Toronto is currently in the middle of a province-wide lockdown that will continue until at least January 25.
*This article has been updated.