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What further restrictions should Toronto expect? City's top doctor answers COVID-related questions

Toronto's top public health official is reminding young adults who may be willing to take on the risk of COVID-19 that they are also putting their loved ones in danger.

During the city's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Eileen de Villa asked parents to talk to their children about taking the virus seriously. The message comes after recent percent positivity figures have been found higher for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 23.

"I know that in these circumstances, as parents, we will want to have said and done everything we could have to help keep our children safe," de Villa said.

"I urge you not to find yourself wishing you'd said something when you had the chance."

The doctor said she understands the urge to want to be with family and friends to forget about the pandemic.

"The need to feel normal is powerful," de Villa said. "But ironically, that need may well be playing the biggest part in sustaining the circumstances we're trying to forget about."

While she and other health officials can impose further restrictions to control COVID-19, de Villa said, "the most effective limits are the ones we set for ourselves."

"So, I ask you again to think about your limits and what that can mean for you and the people around you in the weeks ahead."

Dr. de Villa joined CP24 to answer COVID-19-related questions from viewers.

CP24: What stricter restrictions should we expect to be announced on Friday?

De Villa: I'm not going to get into the details around that because they are part of the act of conversation and discussion that we're having right now with the province and with some other partners in and around the GTHA. These are good conversations that we should be having. And they're important conversations to have if we're meant to control the spread of COVID-19, not just in Toronto but around the province. Stay tuned for that. But at an individual level, for every person who lives in Toronto, the message is actually very simple: do the best you can to limit as much as possible your contact so that it's only with those with whom you live. And if you live alone, we're saving that you know, one or two essential supports, but as much as possible, stay home, reduce your contacts. We know how the virus spreads. So, the more we reduce our contacts with others, the better we will be able to together reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get back to life more like what we were used to before COVID-19 was with us.

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