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Toronto’s pandemic response status upgraded to ‘green’

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Toronto hit an important milestone Monday in its fight against COVID-19, with itsfour   pandemic control indicators listed at “green” for the first time.

Mayor John Tory said Monday while it’s too early to declare an end to the pandemic, things are definitely moving in the right direction.

“We’re on a good path moving forward,” Tory said.

“This is … a snapshot in time that we know can fluctuate, but nonetheless is a positive milestone, and one that is worth noting.”

The city’s indicators focus on four areas: virus spread and containment, laboratory testing, health system capacity and public health system capacity.

On average, the city’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is 21 — with an acheived goal of seeing these numbers drop over a 14-day period.

The city reported 62% of new COVID-19 tests are being turned around within 24 hours and 90% are completed within 48 hours.

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