Toronto top doc dodges questions on inflated COVID-19 numbers

Toronto’s top doctor had little to say about inflated COVID-19 data released by Toronto Public Health.

Speaking Monday at a press briefing, Dr. Eileen de Villa declined to answer direct questions about how and why unreported case data from earlier this year was included in daily new infection numbers late last week — instead describing the process that lead to the correction of months-old errors.

Shortly after Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Friday’s purportedly record-breaking 732 new COVID-19 cases on Oct. 2, she included a note describing cases “that occured in the spring or summer are being reported today.”

Elliott tweeted 323 of those cases came from Toronto — and the Toronto Sun reported Friday that tally included 73 previously-unreported cases.

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